Brazil will not bar Huawei from 5G network: vice president

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2019

The operators would also face delays of up to 18 months in getting next-generation 5G out to their customers, according to the impact assessment drawn up by the GSM Association, which represents mobile network operators around the world. Despite the U.S. warning other countries to reject Huawei's technology equipment.

Huawei has already been locked out of the USA market.

"Half of this (additional cost) would be due to European operators being impacted by higher input costs following significant loss of competition in the mobile equipment market", the report said.

Nokia said this week it had moved ahead of Huawei in total 5G orders and had seen increased interest in its 5G offering from European countries that have been debating the role of Chinese vendors in their networks.

Washington alleges Huawei's equipment can be used by Beijing for spying, something the company has repeatedly denied. One Brazilian wireless carrier has already reported testing 5G technology using Huawei's infrastructure in the Southern parts of Brazil. A 90-day reprieve was later granted to allow for the ban to be phased in.

The US administration has hit Huawei with severe sanctions and banned American telecoms firms from installing foreign-made equipment that could pose a threat to national security.

Several big companies have stepped away from dealing with Huawei, notably Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones.

However, some operators, such as EE and Vodaphone in Britain, have announced they are skipping Huawei smartphones as they launch their 5G services. "We need to have strong companies that are able to invest in research and development", Agnes Pannier-Runacher, a junior economy minister in France's government, told reporters at a 5G event near Paris on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump raised the issue with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a White House visit in March.

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