Today, European operators are under pressure from the United States to ask them not to use Huawei infrastructure on upcoming 5G networks. Samsung appears to see this as an advantage and is entering the 5G market in Europe to provide appropriate technological facilities for operators. Preliminary talks have however, shown that the effort by Samsung to replace Huawei is not straightforward.
In September, Samsung unexpectedly signed a $6 billion contract with Verizon, a US telecom provider, and both Telefonica and Orange were both negotiating with the company in South Korea.
In separate areas of the immense US network, Verizon is using Samsung technologies. “Nicola Palmer, Chief Product Development Officer of the company, said We have done several trials with Samsung and supplied them with many. The consumer sees how they can work and the results are very strong.
Michael Trabbia, Chief Technology and Engineering Officer of Orange, said the company is considering embracing Samsung’s technology due to its rising 4G and 5G reputation.
“Samsung needs to be more competitive.”Samsung needs to be more competitive.
Deutsche Telekom, the biggest telecom provider in Europe, remains doubtful of the potential of Samsung to be highly competitive in the short term. Analysts have said that Samsung wants to take further steps in order to deal with Nokia and Ericsson in their home markets.
Huawei is now moving to advance its growth efforts in Europe at the same time. On Thursday, the firm announced it would be spending $245 million to build a factory for mobile network devices in eastern France. The plant will initially hire 300 workers and will eventually expand to 500 employees. Its products are primarily targeted at European clients of Huawei.