Thailand’s AIS says Huawei among bidders to build 5G core networks

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service Pcl (ADVANC.BK) said on Tuesday Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] was among five companies bidding to build its 5G core networks as it ramped up investments this year.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Advance Info Service Public Company Limited is pictured at its office building in central Bangkok, Thailand, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

AIS’s disclosure came as the British government ordered Huawei equipment to be eliminated from the country’s 5G network by 2027 following U.S. calls on its allies to exclude the Chinese company on security grounds.

Thailand, the United States’ oldest ally in Asia, has said it would not exclude Chinese vendors from building its 5G infrastructure, but would stay mindful of any security issues.

AIS is near the final stage of selecting vendors from a list including Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST), Finland’s Nokia (NOKIA.HE

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Factbox: Huawei’s involvement in telecoms networks around the world

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei Technologies Co from Britain’s 5G network on Tuesday, angering China but delighting U.S. President Donald Trump by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West.

People walk past a Huawei store at a shopping complex in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Trump has repeatedly asked London to ban Huawei which Washington calls an agent of the Chinese Communist state.

Huawei denies it spies for China and has said the United States wants to frustrate its growth because no U.S. company could offer the same range of technology at a competitive price.

Following is the approach to Huawei that has been taken by a number of other countries:


On June 30, the Federal Communications Commission formally designated Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) as posing

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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.

With the technology switch to 5G, operators will need

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Singapore telcos pick Nokia, Ericsson over Huawei to build main 5G networks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s biggest wireless network operators have selected Nokia and Ericsson over Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] to build the main fifth-generation (5G) networks in the city-state.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Nokia is seen before the company’s news conference in Espoo, Finland March 2, 2020. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via REUTERS

The selection comes amid tension between Singapore’s biggest trading partners, the United States and China, with the United States encouraging allies to exclude China’s Huawei from their networks on security grounds.

Singapore has allowed telcos to choose their network vendors provided they meet various requirements, including security.

A joint venture between M1 and StarHub awarded one of the city-state’s 5G licences said it had selected Nokia to build its radio access network and that the Finnish company was its preferred supplier for the core and mmWave networks.

The venture said it was also exploring other network parts with

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