Norway will not ban Huawei from the 5G mobile network, the new prime minister

A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei-a sign at the IFA consumer tech trade show in Berlin, Germany, on 6 September, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

ELVERUM, Norway (Reuters) – Norway has no intention of blocking China’s Huawei Technologies[HWT.UL] the build-up of the country and 5G telecom network, the government of prime minister Nikolai Astrup told Reuters.

The decision could put the Norway in a conflict with a NATO ally of the United States of america, which had been pushing for the Nordic nation in order to stop Huawei to build its 5G network.

“That’s not an option that is being discussed,” prime minister, Nikolai Astrup, said in an interview.

“We have a very good dialogue with the companies in the security, and then it is up to the companies to make the selection of the suppliers. We don’t have any ban at all of its suppliers in France.”

Telenor, Norway’s largest telecom provider, plans to pick, 5G-technology vendors this year, to prepare for the commercial roll-out by 2020.

“We have to talk to anyone, and everyone, in the process, and we will see what we will choose in the end. We have a very good dialogue with the government,” said Petter-Boerre Furberg, who is the head of Telenor in the national force.

“We are working with a process that is open to all participants.”

Writing by Terje Solsvik; Editing by David Goodman

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