September 30, 2022
Huawei, ZTE UK ban ‘condemned’ by Europe Telecom lobby group

A trade group representing challenging telecom operators in Europe warned on Friday against imposing sanctions on Chinese equipment vendors, saying doing so for political reasons would increase costs and delay network upgrades.

The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) strongly stated that it “condemns any restriction of Chinese 5G suppliers for geopolitical reasons and stresses that such decisions should be taken only by well-established can be justified only on the basis of facts”.

ECTA forms alternative telecommunications groups such as Germany’s 1&1 Drillish, France’s Iliad and Spain’s Massamovil. China’s Huawei, a leader in the global network market, is also on board.

Huawei’s position in Europe has come under pressure from the US campaign to purge its next-generation network of kits that Washington says could be used for espionage, a claim the Chinese company denies.

ECTA’s statement comes after France banned Huawei equipment that sources familiar with the matter said is an actual ban.

Politics was also big at last week’s decision by Orange Belgium and Proximus to replace Huawei with Nokia as a provider of radio access network gear for their shared 5G network in Belgium.

Luke Hindrix, general director of ECTA, told Reuters that the statement reflected member CEOs’ concerns that more and more member countries would adopt a common EU approach to assess vendor risk, known as Toolbox. was being prompted to impose “actual or actual sanctions”. Chinese seller.

The boycott of another Chinese vendor, Huawei and ZTE, would leave the telco with a choice of only three suppliers, the other global players being Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung.

“The five to three reduction in the number of suppliers worldwide will not only impact the telecommunications sector by increasing costs, negatively impacting performance, delaying 5G network deployment and disrupting innovation capacity,” ECTA said.

Industry consultant John Strand challenged that view, however, saying that Nordic operators Telenor, Telia and TDC had ripped and replaced Chinese equipment “without raising costs”.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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