Studio Berlin, broadcast November 16, 2019: The debate over 5G, Huawei, and Germany’s digital future

Will Chinese companies like Huawei control a dominant share of the critical infrastructure? Host Noah Barkin delves into the question with guests Janka Oertel from the German Marshall Fund, and Jan-Peter Kleinhans from the think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. 

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Show broadcast November 16, 2019: The debate over 5G, Huawei, and Germany’s digital future



Could it be one of the most important conversations of the modern era? This week on Studio Berlin, host Noah Barkin delves into the details of Germany’s 5G debate. Why all the fuss about Chinese company Huawei and it’s role in supplying parts of Germany’s 5G infrastructure?

Does the decision against competitors like Nokia and Ericsson end chances for European tech excellence? Is the decision forcing Germany to decide between China and the US? Together with two of the leading experts on 5G in Berlin, guests Janka Oertel and Jan-Peter Kleinhans discuss why this decision could redefine digital autonomy for Europe.



This show was produced by Nikki Motson.

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