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Nokia signs Chinese 5G deals, success will rely on non-MNO customers too

The current wave of US-Chinese trade wars may push the latter’s government to try to keep 5G contracts for homegrown suppliers, especially if western administrations continue to exclude Huawei and ZTE from network deals. However, operators in all regions are keen to avoid any reduction of their current, already restricted vendor choices as they start to issue significant tenders. So, the three Chinese carriers have been stressing their partnerships with all the major OEMs, and Nokia currently looks to be the biggest beneficiary. Of course, other vendors are probably lining up new deals too, which have not yet been made public, but so far the Finnish firm is scoring strong points in the very early stages of the 5G contracts…

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