Europe’s largest telecoms operator, Deutsche Telekom held advanced talks to keep Huawei as its main equipment supplier for the fifth-gen mobile network, says a report.
According to Reuters, Deutsche Telekom announced last week that it was not entering into the 5G network contract as it waits for the state to make a clear decision on Huawei.
Ahead of the announcement, Deutsche Telekom held an in-depth discussion with Huawei in Paris to reach a deal. Though there’s no contract signed at that time, says sources related to the matter.
The sources also revealed that two sides discussed key terms under which Huawei will supply 70% of network gear for Deutsche Telekom’s 5G networks for 533 million euros ($587 million). However, both sides are still undecided due to the uncertainty over Germany’s decision on Huawei.
On Tuesday, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel government delayed a decision on security rules for the 5G network until 2020.
Currently, Germany has not ruled out Huawei from the 5G network but some of her lawmakers are following the US guidelines and want to ban Huawei’s 5G role.