South China Morning Post – EU ignores US calls for blanket ban on Huawei in Europe as Chinese company’s 5G expertise helps its cause
“The reluctance to ban Huawei in Europe has several aspects. Some operators believe that Huawei has the best products,” said Bengt Nordstrom, chief executive of Stockholm-based mobile technologies consultancy Northstream. “Many of them are already using Huawei products and fear the cost and operational complications of replacing them as a vendor.”
Nordstrom added that European telecoms operators also fear that competition and product innovation could be reduced over time without Huawei present in 5G roll-out, which could also lead to higher prices.