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Orange warns existing vendors not to expect all the 5G deals

The European operators have been the most vocal in warning major vendors that their entrenched position will be under threat from open platforms and start-ups in the 5G era. Orange’s deputy CEO Gervais Pellissier has made the warning even more explicit, telling a press briefing in London last week: “We need to keep freedom vis-à-vis suppliers and introduce new ones with 5G ideas. I’m not sure we will order 100% of 5G infrastructure needs from existing suppliers.” He, along with allies like BT, Deutsche Telekom, plus AT&T in the US and Japan’s Softbank, have said that operators learned their lesson from previous lock-ins, and have made it their business to seize control of how future platforms develop. Their argument goes…

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