Huawei, ZTE face Germany 5G network ban - source

STORY: Germany plans to ban China's Huawei and ZTE from parts of its 5G network.

That's according to a government source.

German media reported the ban would focus on components built into the networks.

Operators would also have to remove and replace those parts.

The German government did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The country is re-evaluating its relationship with its top trade partner China.

One leading analyst said the potential ban is a sign Germany has security concerns.

Critics of Huawei and ZTE say they have close links to Beijing's security services.

They believe placing them in mobile networks could give Chinese spies access to key infrastructure.

Huawei, ZTE and China's government reject those claims.

They say any bans are driven by a protectionist desire to support non-Chinese rivals.

A Huawei spokesperson said it did not comment on speculation and claimed it had a "very good security record".

ZTE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Several countries across Europe are evaluating their telecom policies.

Only Britain and Sweden have so far banned Huawei and ZTE from supplying critical 5G network equipment.