July 15 (Reuters) - Despite coronavirus lockdowns hitting
global supply chains and construction projects,
telecommunication firms have continued to contract equipment
from Chinese technology giant Huawei, Finland's Nokia
and Sweden's Ericsson to build
fifth-generation technology (5G) networks.
Smartphone vendor Samsung and chipmaker Qualcomm
are among others vying for a share in developing
networks expected to power everything from high-speed video
transmissions to self-driving cars. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/32tVdMI
The following are some of the most significant developments
and deals clinched by the top three suppliers:
On June 24, the world's largest telecommunications equipment
maker said it had over 80 5G networks commercially available
worldwide, despite U.S. calls to ban the company. https://bit.ly/2ZfqNNs
July 14 - UK government orders Huawei equipment to be purged
completely from Britain's network by 2027. Nokia says it is
ready to replace it.
July 10 - Excluded by TIM from its core network
tender for Italy and Brazil, sources say.
July 5 - A French cybersecurity head said short of a total
ban, it will push French telcos to avoid Huawei, following
Belgium's plans to curb Huawei gear and a pending decision in
June 15 - United States confirms it will amend prohibitions
on U.S. companies doing business with Huawei, so they can work
together on 5G standards.
Feb. 19 - Kenya's top operator Safaricom says it
would consider Huawei for this year's rollout.
Feb. 13 - Canadian telecom operator Telus Corp
chooses Huawei in its initial module.
Dec. 2019 - Picked alongside Nokia by Telefonica
Deutschland, as its parent said it would move
to multiple suppliers.
2019 Supply agreements with Cambodia, United Arab
Emirates telecoms company du, Malaysias Maxis
, Vodafone Qatar and VIVA Bahrain, a subsidiary of
Saudi telecoms firm STC.
As of July 15, the Swedish telecom equipment maker has
reported 95 5G commercial agreements and 45 live networks across
25 countries. Ericsson almost doubled its global forecast for 5G
mobile subscriptions to 190 million by the end of this year.
July 15 - Picked by Omantel to support the Sultanate's
ongoing 5g expansion.
June 24 - Singapore's biggest wireless network operators
choose Nokia and Ericsson over Huawei.
June 23 - The United States is prepared to help telecom
companies in Brazil and other countries buy 5G technology from
non-Chinese providers, says a top diplomat, naming Ericsson,
Nokia and Samsung.
June 10 - Picked to upgrade O2 UK's existing sites and
extend 5G radio access network (RAN) rollout across country.
June 2 - Bell Canada teams with Ericsson, while
rival Telus Corp picks Ericsson and Nokia.
June 2 - Telefonica Deutschland picks Ericsson for
its German core mobile network.
April 29 - Chosen by China Mobile for its rollout's second
March 26 - Picked to improve Russias MTS existing
capacities with 5G-ready equipment.
March 5 - Sinch expands existing partnership into
Jan. 31 - Orange selects Nokia and Ericsson to
deploy its network in France.
Jan. 15 - Rogers Communications, using Ericsson
technology, starts rolling out 5G in some Canadian cities.
Jan. 3 - Poland's Cyfrowy Polsat picks Nokia
and Ericsson for its commercial roll-out.
2019 - Wins contracts in Europe with TIM, Deutsche Telekom
, Tele Greenland and Norway's Telenor.
- Strikes deals with U.S. operators RINA Wireless, U.S
Cellular, GCI; Gulf providers including Saudi Telecom
Company, Bahrain's Batelco, UAE's Etisalat
, Qatar's Ooredoo; MTN South Africa.
2017-2018 - Supply deals with T-Mobile US, AT&T
, Sprint, Verizon, Swisscom and
Vodafone concerning 5G networks in Spain, Britain, Ireland,
As of July 15, Nokia has signed 74 commercial 5G deals
worldwide and is powering 29 live networks globally. As well as
the above deals with Ericsson, the Finnish firm has signed the
June 29 - Taiwan Mobile contract worth $450 million
June 15 - China Unicom selects Nokia to supply around 10% of
its core network.
March 18 - Chunghwa Telecom for Taiwan launch.
March 4-5 - Partnerships with Intel, Marvell
Feb. 10 - Orange Slovensko for its RAN deployment.
2019 - Partnerships with Vodaphone Hutchison Australia
(VHA), SETAR, Telefonica Deutschland, Deutsche Bahn, Spark New
Zealand, DoCoMo Pacific, Iliad, Softbank
, Austria's A1.
2018 $3.5 billion deal with T-Mobile US; agreement with
China Mobile to develop networks for industrial uses.
(Reporting by Charles Regnier and Sarah Morland;
Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Tomasz Janowski)