TIM SpA, the Rome-based Italian multinational telecommunication company, often dubbed as the Telecom Italia, had denied access to China’s Huawei Technologies at one of its tenders launched this month for fifth-generation equipment for its core network in Italy and Brazil, widening the rift further between the US allies in the bloc and the world’s second-largest economy, at least two sources familiar with the matter had unveiled on Friday on condition of anonymity.
Besides, while a Telecom Italia spokesman had ascribed the exclusion of Huawei Technologies from Telecom Italia’s 5G equipment tender as part of the Italian telecommunication titan’s suppliers’ diversification policy, industry analysts were quoted saying that the latest Telecom Italia move had underscored the success of year-long lobbying efforts from the Trump Administration to phase out China’s Huawei Technologies from the fifth-generation equipment market.
Telecom Italia to face delay in 5G rollout after eschewing Huawei
Meanwhile, as the list of invited fifth-generation equipment suppliers to develop core 5G networks in Brazil and Italy, included Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, Microsoft’s Mavenir and Affirmed Network, none of which had been able to develop a concrete fifth-generation network thus far that could match the 5G equipment of the world’s No.
1 telco gear maker, Huawei Technologies, industry analysts warned that the latest Telecom Italia move would likely to delay the rollout of 5G in Italy and Brazil. Nonetheless, as a consequential repercussion of the media report revealing the Telecom Italia move to shun Huawei from its 5G core equipment tender, a representative for TIM Participacoes, the Brazilian unit of Telecom Italia said in an emailed statement, “The company will go through its purchasing process, guided as always by criteria of quality and competitive pricing, applying the rules defined by Brazil’s institutions,” adding that the Brazilian unit of TIM might invite Huawei to re-join the process in Brazil at a later date. However, neither Telecom Italia nor Huawei had commented over the subject-matter while being asked on Friday.