WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland will fall behind the rest of Europe in 5G, unless it makes changes in the regulations, an Ericsson executive told Reuters, raising fresh concern about the country, the plans because of the opinion is excluding China’s Huawei the 5G roll-out.
FILE PHOTO: The Ericsson logo is seen at the Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, June 14, 2018. Photo taken on June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Olof Swahnberg
The Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson is among the companies which could benefit Poland bar Huawei the 5G plans over concerns about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the Chinese company’s equipment.
A number of European governments, including that of the Czech Republic and Poland, have raised concerns about Huawei’s role in the next generation of mobile connectivity, with the European Union is also considering proposals to exclude Chinese companies of 5G networks.
“Ericsson is ready. But there should be spectrum available and these should be made available in 2020, by the latest, otherwise Poland can really fall behind Europe,” says Martin mellor, Ericsson manager for Poland.
The Finnish Nokia and Ericsson are the leading European contenders to offer 5G equipment for Poland, the largest economy in eastern Europe.
As well as the freeing up of the spectrum of frequencies for 5G, the Polish government should ease regulations for the construction of new sites for the next generation of the network, mellor said.
“There may be the need for a denser network, so you can see lampposts, bus stations, street furniture part of the 5G network,” he said. “It would be more useful if it was easier to build on these sites.”
Poland also in the recalibration of the density of the boundaries, which mellor said are some of the most restricted in Europe, to the base station to send enough electricity to the 5G network function.
The government has yet to inconclusive on the Huawei and the finding of viable alternatives for the Chinese telecom-equipment will be a challenge, Poland vice-digital minister Wanda Buk told Reuters.
Telecom industry and government officials told Reuters that Ericsson equipment is considered to be considerably more expensive than the Chinese alternatives, that is the reason why most operators in Poland chosen for Huawei-produced equipment.
Ericsson commercial offerings are priced at a competitive rate, mellor said.
“Like all companies, Ericsson will always evaluate the commercial offer,” he added.
(This story is refiled to correct spelling of Ericsson in the lead).
Additional reporting by Anna Copper; Editing by David Goodman