Fearing US sanctions on Huawei, Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up


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Fearing US sanctions on Huawei, Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up

Deutsche Telecom AG, the Bonn-based German multinational telecommunication company, the largest in Europe by revenues, had told its networking gear supplier Nokia to improve its service and product before offering 5G networking equipment for the German telecom group, as a year-long US lobbying effort to cast China’s Huawei off European markets appeared to be paying off, an internal document of the former state-owned Germany’s Deutsche Telecom seen by a press agency reporter alongside a source close to the European telco industry giant had unveiled late on Friday, the 7th of February 2020.

In point of fact, latest development on German front over fifth-generation network development came forth days after the United States alongside United Kingdom had chosen Ericsson to develop their fifth-generation wireless network, while following a UK Government order, the Swiss telecom industry giant, Ericsson had also started off replacing Huawei’s telecom equipment from Europe’s core wireless networks.

Although, the Deutsche Telecom document had considered Nokia the worst performer in fifth-generation equipment development, while Ericsson has also been grappling with a growing expense of replacing Huawei’s pre-existing telecom gears, fearing that the German Government alongside other European majors might bow down to US pressure to set aside China’s Huawei, the Deutsche Telecom had decided to provide the Finish telecom gear provider another chance to rebuild their relationship, the source directly briefed over the subject-matter had unveiled late on Friday (February 7th) on condition of anonymity as the source was not authorized to speak publicly over the issue.