Some of the fears about Huawei ‘full of crap’, Orange for the boss says

PARIS (Reuters) – Some of the fears around Huawei are unfounded, the chief executive of France’s largest and leading telecom operator Orange said on Wednesday, as concerns threaten to delay the roll-out of 5G.

A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei logo is pictured at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo

In the United States of america, has said that the equipment provided by Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, will contain ‘back doors’, so that you will be in China in order to spy on other countries, and has been pressing the allies to block the Smartphone technology is used with the fifth generation of mobile phone networks, or 5G.

The Chinese group, which denies the allegations, is now at risk of losing ground on rivals, Ericsson and Nokia in the major European markets such as Germany and France, where political debates rage about the adequacy of the implementation of the following mobile networks using Huawei equipment.

“This is a myth which amounts to saying, I’ve got a China-made-the-air antenna, so it needs to have a microphone that allows you to all of my restorations to be heard by the Chinese communist party is full of crap,” the Orange boss Stephane Richard said that when he testified in front of the French lawmakers.

“It has not been proven anywhere.”


Richard’s comments come a day after France’s telecom regulator Arcep is formally launched the process for the allocation of 5G, the frequency of licences to Orange and a local rival Altice, Europe’s SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Iliad, which the authority said payments to some of the 5G, the spectrum can be spread out over 15 years.

Orange does not use Huawei equipment in France, but in other key markets, such as Spain, Poland, and Africa.

The sale of France, the 5G spectrum, which will be made at a price of 2.17 billion euros ($2.39 billion), it will take a few months, with a final distribution of the frequency of the Spring, a few months after the initial planning process.

The roll-out can be affected by the uncertainty surrounding the use of Huawei equipment in the country, and in particular, the SFR, and Bouygues Telecom, the two biggest users in the Chinese group and that of the equipment in France.

A recent decree aimed at the identification of all of the mobile devices in order to prevent the espionage services do not provide sufficient clarity for the France telecom lobby and FFT, which have pressed for guarantees to be made about the issue.

“We solemnly ask you to delay the start of the registration for the 5G frequency to, in this situation, with regard to the manufacturers of the equipment,… it has been made clear,” the FFT-president of the republic, Arthur, Dreyfuss said on Monday.

For an interactive graphic on the 5G, and safety, click here.

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Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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