OSLO (Reuters) – Telenor has benefited the Swedish Ericsson as its main technology provider for the fifth-generation (5G) telecom network in Norway, it said on Friday, the gradual removal of China’s Huawei [HWT.UL] after a decade of cooperation in 4G.
FILE PHOTO: Telenor’s logo is in the center of Belgrade, Serbia, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
The fear of high-tech espionage, and a fight with China over trade, the United States has pushed for NATO allies, including Norway, to Ascend high yield 5G offers, and to the Norwegian security services have also warned against the the the company.
“The 5G era, it is here. This will be the technology that will most transform our society in the coming decade,” Telenor Chief Executive Sigve Brekke tweeted when he announced that Ericsson will build the 5G radio access network (RAN).
He said Telenor had carried out a “comprehensive” safety review, and taking into account such factors as technical excellence, innovation, and modernization of the network.
Based on the comprehensive and holistic review, we have decided to bring in a new partner for this important technology shift is from Norway,” he added.
A spokeswoman for Ericsson, said the company was “very proud” to have been chosen as a partner by Telenor, but declined to comment further.
The state-controlled Telenor, Norway’s leading mobile operator and is active in the rest of the Nordic region and in the five east Asian countries, where the number of 183 million people.
With the use of Huawei network components, in Norway, and will be phased out over a 4-5-year modernization period, the head of Telenor Norway, Petter-Boerre Furberg told Reuters.
Huawei has denied claims that the 5G networks, can be used as spy devices, and it has been accused by Washington of the use of security arguments in favour of continuing to politicize a conflict that is fundamentally about the market.
On Wednesday, Telefonica Deutschland (germany), picked Nokia (Finland) and Huawei for the construction of 5G network, they are looking for work, to move, even though Germany has yet to finalize the rules manufacturers.
It is also affected by the Sino-Norwegian diplomatic relations were re-established in 2016, after having been frozen for six years on the award of the Nobel Peace prize to a Chinese dissident.
Norway’s PST security police, said that only companies from countries with which Norway has in the protection of the co-operation should be the provision of 5G-technology. Norway has had such a co-operation with the neighbouring countries of Sweden and Finland, but not in China.
Two of the smaller establishments, the Ice, and Telia, have picked the Nokia and Ericsson, respectively, to their Norwegian 5G networks.
Additional reporting by Johannes Hellstrom in Stockholm; Editing by David Evans, Kirsten Donovan