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Germany starts 5G auction with Huawei question up in the air

Merkel says it will not 'exclude' any company based on country of origin

An employee of Germany's Federal Network Agency, ahead of the start of the spectrum auction Friday. Germany has not made clear whether it will allow Huawei products in its 5G networks.   © Reuters

BERLIN -- Germany kicked off bidding for 5G network frequencies on Tuesday without any bans on products by Huawei Technologies, even amid growing U.S. pressure to freeze out the Chinese telecom equipment maker from high-speed connections that could link factories, self-driving cars and more.

Germany will not "exclude a company simply because it's from a certain country," Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a conference here Tuesday, adding that she will hold discussions with partner nations.

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