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Collection and drastically reduce the Huawei kit for the hard-core 5G network

MADRID (Reuters) – the Spanish Telefonica, plans to drastically reduce the amount of equipment purchases, the Chinese technology giant, Huawei [HWT.UL] the heart of the next-generation mobile networks in Europe, the company’s Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) has said.

FILE PHOTO: mobile phone Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech trade show in Berlin, Germany, on September 5, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Europe’s fourth largest telecoms group to buy from different suppliers in the areas of the most sensitive parts of the infrastructure, that is, to make use of the so-called 5G technologies, to use ever-more data, and to connect the billions of devices.

The choice of the manufacturer of the equipment on the network has become a political hot potato ever since Washington imposed an export ban on Huawei, the world’s leading manufacturer, but the Collection and the moving of the road was a “purely technical decision”, CTIO Enrique Blanco said.

Up until now, Telefonica has relied entirely on the Smartphone as the core of 4G networks in the key markets of Spain and Germany, but under the new strategy, it will disappear by 2024.

Huawei, the equipment slots in the networks of the different layers that come from different vendors, a structure that helps to ensure the continuity of the service, White said.

“At the core of it comes from a single vendor, the probability is high that a failure in one part will stop the whole network,” he said.

Telefonica has seen no evidence in support of the President of Donald Trump’s claims that Huawei’s gear is unknown, White said. Huawei and Beijing have denied the allegations.

“We do not have any evidence of back doors. and we’re following it every day,” he said, pointing to a loophole in the law that would enable China to spy on other countries as well.

However, for the protection of the information was a motivating factor in the decision to make use of more than one service provider.

In this way, no single supplier, no matter their nationality, will have all of the information in their system,” Blanco said.

The Madrid-based company will continue to buy from the Smartphone of the radios and antennas that connect to cell phones, the mobile network equipment, which account for the bulk of the cost, White said.

The european co-operators, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, are also opting for several vendors, but the last one is the company the signature of a contract with germany to reach a political agreement on the question of whether, at the bar of Huawei on national security grounds.

Reporting by Isla Binnie; editing by David Evans

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