Well-known Chinese news site Sohu (NASDAQ: SOHU) recently reported that French-owned telecommunications giant Orange Belgium officially announced it selected Nokia’s 5G technology to deploy its 5G network throughout Belgium. Orange decided to build its future 5G infrastructure on top of its current Ericsson network. Orange Belgium also operates in Luxembourg, where Nokia 5G technology will also be used. In the meantime, Orange Belgium’s competitor Proximus also announced the decision to use Nokia in its Belgium and Luxembourg networks. Belgium is the focal point of the United States on pushing out Huawei since the EU Executive Branch and the EU Parliament are located in Belgium’s capital, the City of Brussels. The U.S. sanction on Huawei brought the deep worry that Huawei may not be capable of keeping up with supply. Huawei commented on Orange’s decision, saying this is a loss in a fair bidding process, and Huawei respects fair play. Huawei has been serving the Belgium market for over ten years.
Source: Sohu, October 12, 2020