Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in 5G rollout

A Huawei facility in Shanghai. Huawei, with which Telenor has collaborated for more than a decade, will continue to modernize its infrastructure. (AFP/File)
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Updated 15 December 2019

Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in 5G rollout

  • The Norwegian company to continue working with the Chinese tech firm amid US pressure

BRUSSELS: Telenor will use equipment from Huawei in building Norway’s 5G network, the telecoms operator said on Sunday, one of several companies to continue working with the Chinese company despite US pressure.

Huawei faces increased official scrutiny in Europe amid US allegations that it poses a security threat. The company rejects the charges.

State-controlled Telenor on Friday picked Sweden’s Ericsson to help roll out its fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network.

Huawei, with which Telenor has collaborated for more than a decade on 4G, will continue to play a role in modernizing its infrastructure, Hanne Knudsen, Telenor vice president for communications, told Reuters.

“Ericsson has been introduced as a new vendor for 5G RAN, but we will also work with Huawei both to maintain the 4G network and also upgrade to 5G coverage in selected areas of Norway,” Knudsen said in response to written questions.

“Huawei has delivered hardware for RAN, but not for the core network. When they will build 5G in selected areas for the modernization, this is also for RAN, not core,” she said.

Telenor’s Finnish subsidiary DNA also uses Huawei as one of several vendors for 5G RAN, Knudsen said.

RAN, or radio access network, refers to the radios and antenna that connect smartphones to the mobile network, and accounts for the bulk of the cost of a new network. It is not the core.

Telenor is using Finnish company Nokia and Ericsson for building its core network.

Telenor Norway boss Petter-Boerre Furberg told Reuters on Friday that Huawei network components would be phased out over the next four to five years.

Last week, Telefonica Deutschland picked Nokia and Huawei to build its 5G network.


Dubai carrier Emirates issued over $517 million in refunds in past two months

Updated 02 July 2020

Dubai carrier Emirates issued over $517 million in refunds in past two months

  • Dubai-based carrier is operating a limited numbers of flights on a reduced network after the coronavirus pandemic

DUBAI: Emirates, one of the world’s biggest long-haul airlines, has processed close to 650,000 refunds over the past two months, refunding over $517 million, it said on Thursday.
The Dubai-based carrier is operating a limited numbers of flights on a reduced network after the coronavirus pandemic brought global aviation to a near halt this year.
Emirates expects to process more than 500,000 refunds in the next two months, Chief Commercial Officer Adnan Kazim said in a statement.