Telenor says Huawei will nonetheless play function in 5G rollout

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Telenor (TEL.OL) reiterated on Sunday Huawei can be concerned in constructing Norway’s 5G community together with Ericsson (ERICb.ST), one in all a number of corporations to proceed working with the Chinese language firm regardless of U.S. stress.

FILE PHOTO: Telenor’s brand is seen in central Belgrade, Serbia, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Picture

Nonetheless, on Friday, the top of Telenor Norway, Petter-Boerre Furberg, instructed Reuters that the operator would step by step section out using Huawei community parts in Norway over a 4-5 yr modernization interval.

Huawei faces elevated official scrutiny in Europe amid U.S. allegations that it poses a safety menace. The corporate rejects the costs.

Huawei, with which Telenor has collaborated for greater than a decade on 4G, will proceed to play a job in modernizing its infrastructure, Hanne Knudsen, Telenor vice chairman for communications, instructed Reuters.

“Ericsson has been launched as a brand new vendor for 5G RAN, however we will even work with Huawei each to take care of the 4G community and in addition improve to 5G protection in chosen areas of Norway,” Knudsen stated in response to written questions.

“Huawei has delivered {hardware} for RAN, however not for the core community. When they are going to construct 5G in chosen areas for the modernization, that is additionally for RAN, not core,” she stated.

Telenor’s Finnish subsidiary DNA additionally makes use of Huawei as one in all a number of distributors for 5G RAN, Knudsen stated.

RAN, or radio entry community, refers back to the radios and antenna that join smartphones to the cell community, and accounts for the majority of the price of a brand new community. It isn’t the core.

Huawei stated it welcomed competitors in 5G and seemed ahead to persevering with its collaboration with Telenor.

Telenor is utilizing Finnish firm Nokia (NOKIA.HE) and Ericsson for constructing its core community.

Final week, Telefonica Deutschland (O2Dn.DE) picked Nokia and Huawei to construct its 5G community.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; extra reporting by Victoria Klesty in Oslo; modifying by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens

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