Dutch telecom KPN picks Ericsson over Huawei for 5G network

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – KPN KPN.AS has chosen Sweden’s Ericsson ERICb.ST to build the building blocks of its new 5G mobile network following a decision last year not to select Chinese Huawei, a the Dutch telecommunications company said Thursday.

Huawei is effectively banned in the United States and Washington had expressed fears that if KPN’s 5G backbone contained Huawei equipment, it would be vulnerable to Chinese state espionage.

Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications equipment and smartphones, has denied US claims that it is ultimately responsible to the Chinese government and therefore poses a security risk.

KPN said in April 2019 that it would select a Western provider to build its core 5G mobile network, making it one of the first European operators to phase out Huawei.

In its statement on Thursday, KPN said it will “work with Ericsson” to implement its core 5G technology.

No financial details of the agreement with Ericsson have been disclosed.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Edited by David Clarke

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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