Pressure on Merkel to exclude Huawei

08 January 2020

The push comes after Berlin in October released a new “security catalogue” for telecoms networks, which critics said lacks teeth

The push comes after Berlin in October released a new “security catalogue” for telecoms networks, which critics said lacks teeth

A group of MPs from Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is pressing the German chancellor to keep Chinese vendor company Huawei out of the country’s 5G network, for the sake of national security. 

The push comes after Berlin in October released a new “security catalogue” for telecoms networks, which critics said lacks teeth because it only obliges Huawei to sign a “no spy” clause while generally opening 5G tenders to the Chinese telecoms giant. 

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Thailand makes another bid to auction 5G spectrum

08 January 2020

NBTC said it plans to finalise the auction details next month

NBTC said it plans to finalise the auction details next month

Thailand’s telecoms regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced details of 5G spectrum auctions scheduled to begin in February 2020, with licences to be issued across four bands and rollouts to start in March.

The watchdog said it would auction spectrum first in the 2600MHz and 26GHz bands, and later in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands.

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Orange CEO shares supply chain fears

08 January 2020

The chief executive officer of French giant Orange warned an industry conference in the US about a “loss of trust in global supply chains” that could lead to the costly break-up of the entire market.

Stéphane Richard told the Mobile World Congress Americas show in Los Angeles that restricting access to components and products would hit the entire industry and threaten the survival of 5G as a global standard.

A major Huawei customer in several international markets, Orange is understood to have been worried that a ban on the sale of US components to the Chinese vendor could disrupt operations – although Richard did not refer to Huawei in his presentation.

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Japan’s KDDI to invest in Bangladesh

08 January 2020

Japan’s second largest telecom company, KDDI, is keen to invest in Bangladesh’s 5G network, IOT, other digital technologies and special economic zones and connectivity sectors. 

A two-member KDDI delegation led by its global ICT division general manager Hiroyasu (Hiro) Morishita visited posts and telecom division minister Mustafa Jabbar at his ministry office in the secretariat in Dhaka. 

The minister said under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the telecom and digital technology sector of the country has become a target sector for the foreign investment in the last 11 years. 

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