The boss of Sweden’s Ericsson recently told the media that no company is ahead of Ericsson in 5G,media reported. Borje Ekholm, Ericsson’s chief executive, dismissed the notion that Huawei was ahead of 5G, saying “no one is ahead of us” in the technology.
“When no one is ahead of us, I think it’s a little bit hard to say we’re behind,” he told the media at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Mr. Ekholm said that while Huawei’s recent troubles had “created uncertainty in the market”, the notion that “we hitchhiked as a result” was wrong. “I hope to find a solution that will enable our world to move forward,” he said. In the 5G world, security issues will be crucial. “
Dexter Thillien, senior industry analyst at Fitch Solutions, said it was “incorrect” to claim that Huawei was the “only player” in the 5G space. He stressed that Ericsson and Nokia of Finland were two powerful alternatives to the Chinese technology company. “Without Huawei, Europe could operate 5G, ” he said in a telephone interview. He added that the U.S., Japan and South Korea are already able to launch 5G networks without The Need for Huawei Devices.
Some telecomexecutives have warned that Europe could fall behind in the 5G competition if Huawei is excluded from 5G construction in Europe. Nick Read, Vodafone’s chief executive, said last year that forcing mobile network operators to replace Huawei devices with those of their rivals would be “structurally bad for Europe”.