Feb 13, 2020, 08:00 EST
Elkland, United States, Feb 13, 2020, 08:00 /Comserve / -- One of the leading French telecom operators, Orange, S.A., decided not to allow Huawei to be part of its 5G network, while going ahead with its announcement of choosing Nokia and Ericsson as its vendors.
Orange had given the indication about its decision to ignore Huawei, at the time of launch of request for proposals last year. It has also been seen as a measure taken by Orange to validate the hard stand taken against Chinese vendors that is being encouraged by the United States of America. Nokia and Ericsson had been chosen, after various rounds of testing over several months as per the decision made by Orange, who chose to maintain that the matter has been decided out of their choice.
The Chief Executive Officer of Orange, Fabienne Dulac mentioned that the deployment of 5G is a major challenge and is being treated among their list of most important priorities that form part of their Engage 2025 strategic plan. He also exuded confidence about the company’s pursuit of partnerships with both Nokia and Ericsson who are being seen as key partners for long term, who would be aiding Orange in developing a very strong and innovative 5G network. He further mentioned that 5G would permit the development of fresh set of cases for use as well as new services that would provide an enriching experience for their customers that belong to both consumer as well as business categories. Orange would continue on its ambition to becoming a network leader, with the agreements entered into with its partners.
Nokia and Ericsson had in their press releases issued statements, while censoring the name of their rival competitor from Dulac’s somewhat identical quote. Ericsson made the announcement referring to only Radio Access Networks (RAN). On the other hand, Nokia which is having higher business as compared to Ericsson is able to see end-to-end action. As far as the RAN network is concerned, Ericsson would be able to cover the South West and North East regions including the Ile De France/Paris regions. Nokia, on the other hand is anticipated to obtain the rest of the areas.
Tommi Uitto, the President of Mobile Networks at Nokia stated that Nokia is extremely delighted to bring 5G to France, as Orange continues to be a key operator in the Europe. He also commented that Nokia possessed the right technology for the current project, considering that Nokia was possessing excellence in Single Radio Access Network (SRAN), including 5G and end-to-end network infrastructure leadership. Moreover, he remarked that their deal had been built based on the relationship that has been acquired over mutual trust and understanding for the past several years with Orange that is predicted to offer experience of a higher quality for both consumers as well as businesses uniformly.
Arun Bansal, the President of Ericsson for the regions of Europe and Latin America remarked that the 5G technology would be providing incredibly new mobile broadband experiences for the mobile customers, apart from transforming the business, industry and society in France.
This decision does appear to act as a big deterrent for Huawei in Western Europe. Although, Huawei has not been banned completely in EU and the United Kingdom, there are several complications faced while using Huawei kit, as compared to the usage of a Nokia or Ericsson. This would force mobile network operators based in Europe to decide against using Huawei just to be relieved of the hassles, if any, for future.
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