According to a Reuters report on October 9, Orange Belgium, a branch of French telecom operator Orange, announced that they had chosen to use Nokia’s 5G technology in Belgium.
The company said that they plan to use the existing infrastructure provided by Ericsson to establish a 5G network, while preparing to build a new 5G network service separately.
Not only that, but Orange’s competitor, Proximus, a Belgian telecommunications company, also made the same choice. According to the report, Proximus will gradually replace Huawei equipment with Nokia equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg, and support Ericsson to provide 5G core network services for it.
Affected by this news, Nokia’s stock price rose 2% that morning.
Huawei: fair competition.
Huawei has made a statement on this matter. “This is the result of the bidding organized by operators and the result of free-market competition.” A Huawei spokesperson said, “We support fair competition. The more diversified the supply chain, the more intense the competition.
The spokesperson also said that Huawei has provided services to the Belgian market for more than a decade, and this commitment will not change.
Orange Belgium is one of the largest local telecommunications operators and also has a subsidiary in Luxembourg. According to its official website, the company has more than 3 million mobile network users in Belgium and Luxembourg, accounting for nearly one-third of the total population of the two countries.
According to Reuters, Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is the seat of the European Union’s executive body and parliament, which also makes Belgium a country of special concern for US intelligence agencies. As the United States is pressing allies on the grounds of “national security” to ban Huawei 5G, EU member states have increased their attention to so-called “high-risk suppliers.” The report quoted analysts as saying that this will subject Huawei’s technology and supplies to strict scrutiny, and some European operators may be forced to move them out of their mobile networks.