Orange Belgium, a subsidiary of French telecoms operator Orange, announced on the same day that it had chosen to use Nokia’s 5G technology in Belgium, Reuters reported on October 9. The company said it plans to build a 5G network using the existing infrastructure provided by Ericsson and then build a new 5G network service separately.
Not only that, but Orange’s rival, Belgian telecoms company Proximus, has made the same choice. Proximus will also gradually replace Huawei with Nokia devices in Belgium and Luxembourg, and support Ericsson’s 5G core network services, the report said.
Huawei has taken a position on the matter. “It’s the result of operators organizing tenders and free market competition.” “We support fair competition, and the more diverse the supply chain, the more competitive it becomes, ” said a Huawei spokesman. “
The spokesman also said Huawei has been serving the Belgian market for more than a decade and that commitment will not change.
Orange Belgium is one of the largest local telecommunications operators and has a subsidiary in Luxembourg. The company has more than 3m mobile network users in Belgium and Luxembourg, accounting for nearly a third of the country’s population, according to its website.
The Belgian capital, Brussels, is home to the European Union’s executive body and parliament, making it a country of particular concern to U.S. intelligence agencies, Reuters said. EU member states have stepped up their focus on so-called “high-risk suppliers” as the US presses allies to ban Huawei 5G on the grounds of “national security”. The report quoted analysts as saying that this would put Huawei’s technology and supply under scrutiny and that some European operators might be forced to move them out of their mobile networks.
“There is a deep-seated view that Huawei should be pushed out, ” said one of the sources.
“There is also growing concern about Huawei’s equipment production capacity, ” the source said. He was referring to the U.S. decision to cut off Huawei’s access to important computer chips.
Huawei continues to miss big orders.
On October 1st Nokia, the Finnish-based telecommunications company, announced a major 5G equipment deal with BT, the UK’s biggest telecoms group.
“Our two companies have been working together for more than 25 years and we provide first-class internet connectivity to people across the UK,” Nokia President and CEO Pekka Lundmark said in a statement, according to Global.com. We are proud to support BT’s 5G network and look forward to working more closely together in the years to come. “
Philip Jansen, BT’s chief executive, also issued a statement saying: “In a fast-growing and competitive market, it is vital to make the right technology choices. “
Nokia said the deal would make it BT’s biggest infrastructure partner, while industry sources told CNBC that it would account for 63 per cent of BT’s network.
Earlier, British media reported that the British government announced in July that it had decided to stop using Huawei equipment in 5G construction and hinted that Nokia would replace Huawei’s remaining share of the UK’s 5G network infrastructure. Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, said the UK would stop buying new Huawei equipment from 31 December 2020 and that huawei equipment currently used in the UK’s 5G network would have to be dismantled by 2027.
In an interview with FoxNews.com in early August, U.S. President Donald Trump said he had had “tough talks” with British Prime Minister David Johnson about Huawei, threatening to halt U.S.-British intelligence cooperation if britain continues to push ahead with a 5G deal with Huawei.
On September 7th Samsung won a $6.6bn US 5G solution contract with Verizon Communications.
It is one of Samsung’s largest 5G orders so far, trading at 3.43 percent of Samsung Electronics’ 230 trillion won in sales for 2019.
According to regulatory documents, the contract was finalized on Friday and is valid from June 30 to December 2025.
“We are excited to expand our long-term partnership with Verizon Telecom to advance its next-generation network. With this latest long-term strategic contract, we will continue to push the boundaries of 5G innovation to enhance the mobile experience for Verizon Telecom customers. Samsung said in a statement.
Verizon Telecom said in a statement that through this latest long-term strategic contract, it will continue to push the boundaries of 5G innovation to enhance the customer’s mobile experience.
Media analysis, because Huawei by the United States sanctions, and even lead to the global alliance to keep Huawei out, which will increase Samsung’s market share.
TSMC license approved.
We will continue to supply some products to Huawei.
On October 9, TSMC, after AMD and Intel, has also obtained a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce to continue supplying some of Huawei’s mature process products, a person familiar with the matter said. According to the person familiar with the matter, TSMC’s license mainly covers products manufactured using mature processes, and advanced node products such as mobile phone SoC are still unable to work for Huawei.
Under the strongest U.S. ban, Huawei’s orders for goods were one of TSMC’s main drivers of record third-quarter results. TSMC, which lost Huawei after September 15, also faces the problem of filling vacant orders. However, if TSMC can get some huawei licenses, it will reduce the pressure on TSMC to fill vacant orders and allow TSMC and Huawei’s customer relationships to continue.
The people also pointed out that the U.S. Department of Commerce will not completely block Huawei, but if problems such as mobile processor chips and base station chips are not resolved, Huawei, which has lost its pillar business, will still not be able to recover.