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Telenor to Continue Work With Huawei for 5G Telecom Network

The company must modernise Norway's entire network in four or five years, including an upgrade to 5G

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Telenor has been working with Huawei for 10 years. Currently, the Telenor Group is testing 5G in 10 locations in Norway as well as selected areas in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia. Wikimedia Commons

Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor has said it would continue working with Chinese company Huawei for its fifth-generation (5G) telecom network, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson as its new supplier.

Telenor’s top management told a press conference that the company’s network is to modernise in the next four or five years, and Huawei will be involved the entire process.

Sigve Brekke, chairman and CEO of Telenor Group, said during the press conference that “we have been very pleased with the cooperation with Huawei”, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

“In order to ensure that our customers in the transition phase continue to receive a world-class mobile network, Telenor will use equipment from current supplier, Huawei, in the radio network to maintain the 4G network as well as to upgrade 5G coverage in certain locations in Norway,” said Anders Krokan, communications director of Telenor Norway.

Telenor announced Ericsson as its new 5G supplier. The reason for the cooperation with both Huawei and Ericsson is a growing customer appetite for data capacity, according to online newspaper E24.

The company must modernise Norway’s entire network in four or five years, including an upgrade to 5G, said the newspaper.

During the press conference, Telenor management was asked to confirm if they will install Huawei 5G equipment in the Norwegian network.

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Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor has said it would continue working with Chinese company Huawei for its fifth-generation (5G) telecom network, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson as its new supplier. Wikimedia Commons

“To meet customer needs, the answer is yes. Given that this process takes four to five years, we need to make sure all our customers have a good experience,” said Petter-Borre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.

“Specifically, we have demanded that suppliers from countries with whom we do not cooperate in security policy cannot account for more than 50 percent of the base stations,” the country’s Digitization Minister Nikolai Astrup told E24.

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“If companies choose suppliers from countries we do not have security policy cooperation with, the requirement was that two or more suppliers had to be selected,” he noted.

Telenor has been working with Huawei for 10 years. Currently, the Telenor Group is testing 5G in 10 locations in Norway as well as selected areas in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia. (IANS)

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Pentagon Blocks Commerce Department-Backed Ban on Sales By Tech Giant Huawei

Huawei has not been able to divest itself of American suppliers entirely

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The US Department of Commerce had put Huawei on the "entity list" in May 2019, thus, preventing US firms from conducting business with the company unless they obtain a specific license, citing national security concerns with the Chinese telecommunications giant. Wikimedia Commons

In a breather to the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant Huawei, the Pentagon has blocked the Commerce Department-backed ban on sales that make it harder for US-based companies to sell equipment to the handset maker, the media has reported.

The US Department of Commerce had put Huawei on the “entity list” in May 2019, thus, preventing US firms from conducting business with the company unless they obtain a specific license, citing national security concerns with the Chinese telecommunications giant.

The Commerce Department’s efforts to tighten the noose on Huawei Technologies Co. is facing a formidable obstacle: the Pentagon. Commerce officials have withdrawn proposed regulations that would make it harder for US companies to sell to Huawei from their overseas facilities following objections from the Defense Department as well as the Treasury Department, people familiar with the matter said, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Commerce Department has subsequently issued temporary licenses to delay that designation, but companies have already begun finding ways to continue selling equipment to Huawei without falling afoul of Commerce penalties.

Meanwhile, Huawei’s latest smartphone Mate 30 Pro, unveiled in September, doesn’t contain American components. The flagship smartphone competes with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 11, which was also unveiled in September.

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In a breather to the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant Huawei, the Pentagon has blocked the Commerce Department-backed ban on sales that make it harder for US-based companies to sell equipment to the handset maker. Wikimedia Commons

In the wake of the US ban, Huawei is sourcing audio amplifiers from the Netherlands’ NXP rather than Texas-based Cirrus Logic, and relying entirely on its own HiSilicon semiconductor division for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips rather than Broadcom. It’s using other firms, like Japan’s Murata and Taiwan’s MediaTek, for other parts previously supplied by US manufacturers, The Verge had reported in December.

However, Huawei has not been able to divest itself of American suppliers entirely.

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The company said it had been stockpiling components in anticipation of sanctions and separate teardowns revealed that some new devices were still reliant on American parts, the report added. (IANS)