France’s limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to de facto ban by 2028

South China Morning Post 07.23.2020 1 min read
France’s limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to de facto ban by 2028
  • Telecoms operators have been told they will not be able to renew licences for gear from Chinese firm once they expire
  • Licences of three to eight years have been granted, but equipment would have to be dismantled at end of time period if authorisation expires
France’s limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to de facto ban by 2028
A French national flag flies near the Huawei Technologies France SASU offices in Paris on July 7. Photo: Bloomberg

French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they will not be able to renew licences for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks, three sources close to the matter said.

Like other countries in Europe, France is laying the ground for its next-generation 5G mobile market in the middle of a growing geopolitical storm between two global superpowers.

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