Espionage and 5G: Free, SFR and Bouygues Telecom would trust Huawei


According to an Alcatel-Lucent engineer, operators Free Mobile, SFR and Bouygues Telecom are replacing their telecom equipment in favor of Huawei solutions. And this, despite the suspicions of espionage that weigh on the Chinese company and its infrastructure 5G.
Photo: Pierre Metivier
After Washington accuses him of wanting to use his 5G equipment to conduct large-scale espionage campaigns on behalf of the Chinese government, Huawei will retaliate by filing a lawsuit against the United States. The legal battle between the two adversaries is therefore in full swing against a backdrop of geopolitical and economic conflict.
In this fight, Huawei can still count on some good news for him. On the one hand, the United Kingdom, a traditional ally of the United States, felt that the risk posed by the Chinese company over its own national security was not large enough to justify a ban on the UK 5G network. And this, despite pressure from Washington.
Free, SFR and Bouygues on Huawei's side
In France, the issue of banishment also arises, but operators seem to have decided to trust Huawei. In an interview with the newspaper L'Humanité Рand relayed by Univers Freebox РClaude Josserand, CGT delegate at Alcatel-Lucent, explains that "Free, SFR and Bouygues replace the Alcatel equipment by those of Chinese Huawei, and the French government, who has given himself no way to oppose it-quite the contrary since it has favored the emergence of private competitors-is paying the price today. "
Note that Bouygues Telecom and SFR have already been Huawei's customers for some time. In addition, L'Humanité also writes that last October, the operator with the red square installed his first antenna 5G Huawei in its premises in Paris.
And Orange?
Orange is also a Huawei customer and also conducts several 5G experiments with equipment from the Chinese company. Note however that the incumbent is also courted by Samsung: the South Korean giant wants to take advantage of the adverse impact of the business around Huawei to gain market share in the telecom sector.

    
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