BEIJING, June 16 (Xinhua) — Telenor reiterated sunday local time that Huawei will join Ericsson in building Norway’s 5G network,media reported. Despite U.S. pressure, several companies, including Ericsson, continue to work with Huawei. Hanne Knudsen, Norway Telecom’s vice president of communications, told Reuters that Huawei would continue to play a role in modernizing the company’s infrastructure.
Huawei has been working with Norwegian Telecom in 4G for more than 10 years.
“Ericsson has joined as a new supplier to 5G RAN, but we will also work with Huawei to maintain the 4G network and upgrade to 5G in parts of Norway,” Knudsen said in response to the question.
“Huawei already provides the hardware needed for RAN, but it is not the core network. They’re going to provide RAN, not core hardware, when they upgrade 5G in some areas,” she said.
Knudsen points out that Huawei is also one of the 5G RAN suppliers of DNA, the Finnish subsidiary of Norwegian Telecom.
RAN, or radio access network, refers to the radio and antenna that connect smare to mobile networks, and most of the cost of the new network comes from the RAN. But it is not a core part.
Huawei said it welcomed competition in the 5G sector and looked forward to continuing its partnership with Norwegian Telecom.