Telefonica Said to Buy Ericsson 5G Equipment to Replace Some Huawei Gear

A source at Telefonica declined to say how much equipment the company bought from Ericsson or when the purchase was made.

Telefonica Said to Buy Ericsson 5G Equipment to Replace Some Huawei Gear

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Telefonica says it had seen no evidence to show Huawei gear posed a security risk

Highlights
  • The replacement is part of Telefonica's 2019 strategy to diversity supply
  • Telefonica did not reveal how much equipment was bought from Ericsson
  • The US has alleged Huawei's network gear could be used for espionage

Telefonica has bought 5G network equipment from Swedish manufacturer Ericsson to replace some of the Huawei gear it has rolled out in Spain, a source at the Spanish firm said on Monday, confirming a report in Expansion newspaper.

The replacement of the next-generation mobile network equipment is part of Telefonica's strategy announced in 2019 to diversify suppliers, according to the source.

Expansion said the telecoms company has initially rolled out some Huawei equipment that it had already bought before seeking to secure alternative supplies.

The source at Telefonica declined to say how much equipment Telefonica bought from Ericsson or when the purchase was made.

Huawei and Ericsson's Spanish unit did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Telefonica's 2019 decision came at a time when China's Huawei, the global market leader in network equipment, had been drawn into the centre of political tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The US has alleged the company's equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage. Huawei and Beijing have repeatedly denied the allegations.

When Telefonica's announced its strategy two years ago, it said its decision to diversify was purely technical in nature and that it had seen no evidence to support the American allegations that Huawei gear posed a security risk.


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