LISBON, July 30 (Reuters) - NOS, Altice and Vodafone, which
dominate Portugal's market, said they will not use Huawei's
technology in their 5G core networks despite the government not
banning the Chinese giant from the critical infrastructure.
A NOS spokeswoman said the company "will not have
Huawei equipment in its core network" and will choose the "best
partners" for each of the network's components.
A Vodafone Portugal spokeswoman said the company will not
use it, either.
Altice Portugal CEO Alexandre Fonseca said the
same in March. The company said this remained their position.
Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos confirmed to
Reuters that he "heard Huawei would be left out" but added: "It
has nothing to do with the options or impositions of the
Portuguese government, which in this matter is absolutely
aligned with the European orientation."
"We have no 'a priori' issues with any manufacturer," Nuno
Santos said, revealing that a group created by the Portuguese
government to assess risks and cybersecurity issues relating to
5G had completed its work and not drawn any conclusions directed
against any particular supplier.
Huawei did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Sergio Goncalves; Editing by Ingrid Melander and