France has announced plans to include Huawei Technologies, a Chinese multinational technology company that provides telecommunications equipment and sells consumer electronics, smartphones with headquarters in Shenzhen, in its 5G equipment rollout.
This comes after the country, through its Telecommunications Regulator, Arcep, began the sale of 5G spectrum.
“There are three equipment makers active in France. Huawei has a 25% market share, there is also Nokia and Ericsson. Samsung is not active yet in France but is interested in 5G.”Pannier-Runacher, France Junior Economy Minister
This comes after the U.S. blacklisted Huawei, limiting its access to components like Intel microprocessors and Google services. According to Trump administration, the ban was a result of China’s involvement in activities determined to be contrary to national security.
Other countries that have incorporated Huawei in their 5G programs include Germany, Brazill and Netherlands.