Four European countries have only Chinese gear in 4G networks, researcher says

TALLINN (Reuters) – Four European countries, including Belgium, use only Chinese gear in their 4G mobile networks and in many large countries more than 50% of equipment comes from China, Danish telecoms research firm Strand Consult said on Tuesday.

Washington wants the world to ban Chinese supplier Huawei from new 5G networks, saying its equipment can be used by Beijing for spying – allegations the company strongly rejects.

Belgium, Malta, Cyprus and Lithuania use only Chinese equipment in their 4G mobile radio networks, Strand said, adding the market share of Chinese equipment was 57% in Germany, just over 50% in Spain and Italy, 40% in Britain and 25% in France.

While telecoms operators often mention their vendors, the market share data is not publicly available. Strand calculated the figures based on talks with sources and more than 100 operators across Europe.

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UK tells telcos to stockpile Huawei gear in face of U.S. sanctions: letter

FILE PHOTO: The British flag and a smartphone with a Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

LONDON (Reuters) – British security officials have told UK telecom operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment due to fears that new U.S. sanctions will disrupt the Chinese firm’s ability to maintain critical supplies, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Senior officials at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who are studying the impact of new U.S. measures intended to restrict Huawei’s ability to source advanced microchips, wrote to Britain’s BT Group and Vodafone last week, said three people familiar with the matter.

The NCSC told the companies they needed to maintain adequate supplies of spare parts from all manufacturers, but emphasised the increased risk to Huawei’s equipment and its future ability to provide software

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Telus pressed to remove Huawei gear from 4G network in Canada’s capital: Globe and Mail

FILE PHOTO: A Telus Corporation sign is pictured in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

(Reuters) – Canadian telecom operator Telus Corp (T.TO) is being pressed by authorities to remove Huawei gear from its 4G infrastructure in the national capital region, the Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

Telus had reached an understanding with the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development earlier to not use Huawei’s equipment in the region, the report said. The commitment was voluntary and was never formalized, it added. (

Telus and the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Most of Canada’s federal government offices are in the national capital region.

Earlier this month, Telus picked Nokia and Ericsson over Huawei as its 5G equipment supplier amid uncertainty over Huawei’s fate in the country.

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U.S., Brazil in talks on funding to buy 5G gear from Ericsson, Nokia: paper

FILE PHOTO: An Ericsson logo is pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The United States is in talks with Brazil and its local telecommunications companies on funding the acquisition of fifth-generation gear produced by Ericsson and Nokia, U.S. ambassador for Brazil Todd Chapman told Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo.

In an interview published on Thursday night, Chapman said this type of funding is a matter of “national security” to Washington and aims to “protect data and intellectual property, as well as sensitive information of nations”.

His remarks were a blow to the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], which has consolidated its presence in Brazil over the last 20 years.

Huawei did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

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