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Netherlands’ government orders telcos to avoid certain vendors

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The Dutch mobile operators are banned from revealing any details.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs has confirmed the Netherlands’ government issued orders to mobile network operators about their choice of network suppliers.

It also made it clear that KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo are prohibited from revealing any details of the orders.

Naturally the assumption in the press is that the government has banned the operators from deploying Chinese vendors’ equipment in their 5G networks.

Maybe the secrecy is to avoid being in Sweden’s boots, whereby a ban by the regulator on Chinese vendors has led to naked threats of retaliation from the Chinese government.

Sweden’s Ericsson has issued another, stark warning this week that it could suffer in the Chinese market as a result of the Swedish ban.

Or maybe not. A Huawei spokesperson told the Financieele Dagblad that, “We do not supply 5G core equipment in the Netherlands”.