It might seem that the scandal related to Huawei’s suspicions of spying for the Chinese intelligence agency is on hand with the Chinese company’s competitors. However, Ericsson’s CEO sees this as a problem that may delay the implementation of 5G technology in Europe.
The market of mobile wireless networks belongs to three major players. These are Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia. However, none of the producers has a significant advantage over their competitors. Huawei has been doing very well so far on both the European and Asian markets. However, recent reports have made the Chinese company’s involvement in the construction of European 5G networks a fairly large question mark. Former Huawei sales director was areested in Poland, what warmed up the atmosphere. As a result, European operators do not know what to do. This worry was noticed by Borje Ekholm – Ericsson’s CEO.
The affair with Huawei may harm the entire 5G market
Huawei’s problems have a negative impact not only on the condition of the Chinese company, but also on the investment mood of mobile operators. Even the head of Ericsson, who told the CNBC station, told:
“What you see right now is that all operators around the world start to say, ‘Okay, what does this mean?’, so it creates a lot of uncertainty. We haven’t really seen anything in our order books, but we see worried customers, and concerned customers. I think that [this] is never good for the investment climate”.
Operators who currently use Huawei base stations do not know what to do. The first implementations of the 5G network will be based on the NSA (Non-Standalone) type solution. This means that signalling messages will be sent via the 4G LTE network infrastructure. However, user data will be downloaded and uploaded using 5G network elements. In the case of ban on 5G equipment from Huawei, operators would have to integrate the new generation base stations from Ericsson or Nokia with a 4G network from Huawei. Currently, it is not known if this configuration will work. Alternatively, operators would have to replace the existing Huawei equipment with devices from another supplier.
Currently, no European country directly prohibited operators from using Huawei telecommunications devices. At most, there were concerns about national security. Unfortunately, we do not yet know to what extent they are dictated by political issues, and how much they concern actual technical issues. Until now only the British operator Everything Everywhere admitted that currently available 5G devices do not support all security-related functionalities. However, the Chinese responded to this allegation while declaring significant investments to develop their 5G equipment in terms of security, to meet the requirements posed by the British operator.
Source: RCR Wireless