BARCELONA (Reuters) – Nokia does not expect the possible exclusion of Chinese companies for security reasons to delay the rollout of the next generation of 5G services in the European markets, CEO Rajeev Suri told Reuters.
FILE PHOTO: Nokia president and CEO Rajeev Suri addresses the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
The debate rages in Europe about the question of whether to heed calls from Washington to bar China’s Huawei Technologies, even if the large telecom operators to warn that such a step would be able to back the deployment of 5G per year.
Suri, however, mitigated by the concern that a reduced field of suppliers can slow network upgrades. The real reasons for Europe 5G behind in the United States have been hold-ups in the release of spectrum to operators, as well as high auction costs in countries such as Italy, ” he said.
“I don’t think you can say that you know that the situation that has arisen due to a number of, this delay will 5G roll-out or that others are not able or willing to supply equipment. That would not understand,” Suri said on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress , the industry’s main annual gathering in Barcelona.
The AMERICAN President Donald Trump, the administration has lobbied the European allies aggressively to connect Huawei, says the company is also closely associated with the Chinese government and the equipment that may be vulnerable to cyber espionage.
Huawei strongly rejects these accusations and Chairman Guo Ping, speaking in Barcelona, reiterated that it would never allow any country to insert so-called back doors in the equipment.
Nokia, the second largest networks player behind Huawei, has warned of a weak start to 2019, but expects sales to recover and see growth in 2020, such as 5G deployment accelerates.
The Finnish company announced a key win in Australia, which is banned Huawei, saying: it would be a 5G fixed wireless access to the network operator Optus, with 50 sites to go live in March.
In a first, Nokia will offer to a limited number of Optus customers high-speed wireless internet access to support multiple devices and at the same time deliver ultra-high-definition video around the house, the two companies said.
Nokia also said that he had agreed with Korea Telecom to conduct 5G trials for service automation, network, virtualization and cutting, which allows multiple networks to run on top of a shared infrastructure.
There are also plans for Nokia to cooperate with the british Vodafone on active antennas to boost 5G capacity and costs, plus an agreement with the indian Bharti Airtel the implementation of a trial of a so-called front-term solution that will help you to speed 5G activities.
The rapid roll-out of 5G depends on whether antitrust regulators allow telecom markets, said Suri, adding that this would lead to stronger players able to make the massive investment that is required for the maintenance and upgrade of networks.
This is true both for Europe and for the United States, where the $26 billion acquisition by T-Mobile from Sprint Corp will be assessed by the supervisor. Waving that deal would be positive for 5G, Suri told a later press conference.
“If you want to speed up, 5G, that the merger has the ability to do this, just with the spectrum and the economy,” he told reporters and analysts.
Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by David Goodman