PRAGUE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Czech telecoms network operator
CETIN will use technology from Swedish group Ericsson
to build next-generation 5G networks, CETIN said on Monday.
CETIN, part of investment group PPF, which also holds 81% in
mobile operator O2 Czech Republic, is the first Czech
network to signal its choice for building the new system.
Finland's Nokia and China's Huawei are
other network gear makers. However, the United States has urged
allies to boycott Huawei equipment, alleging it could be used by
Beijing for spying, which Huawei strongly denies.
A CETIN spokeswoman said Ericsson won a tender, but did not
"We will release more details as soon as we finalise the
remaining legal formalities," Klara Zavadilova said, confirming
an earlier statement on the choice by PPF board member Vladimir
Mlynar on Twitter.
PPF is owned by Petr Kellner, the richest Czech whose vast
holdings in the financial and real estate sectors, among others,
also include consumer lender Home Credit, which has a strong
presence in China.
Czech cyber security watchdog NUKIB called Huawei's products
a security threat in December 2018.
President Milos Zeman, however, has pushed closer ties with
The central European country is starting an auction for 5G
frequencies, hoping to attract a fourth operator to compete with
O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
(Reporting by Robert Muller, writing by Jason Hovet, editing by
Louise Heavens and Mark Potter)