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O2 Germany sticks with Huawei, but Telenor switches to Ericsson

The year ended with Huawei’s position in European 5G deployments scarcely more certain than it had been at the start, when the USA was stepping up its efforts to persuade allied countries to bar Chinese vendors from 5G contracts (see Special Report). In the past week, more developments have occurred, each significant, but not sufficiently momentous to break the deadlock. China’s ambassador to Germany threatened that his government would “not stand idly by” should the European nation decide to ban Huawei from its 5G procurements. Germany had initially taken the line that it would tighten up security safeguards across all infrastructure procurements rather than singling out any particular vendor, but Deutsche Telekom recently suspended decisions on 5G network contracts until…

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