- The recent development follows Samsung’s deal of around USD 6 billion Verizon Communications Inc.
- Samsung claims to possess enough resources to bolster 5G deployment in Europe.
According to reliable sources, European mobile operators are in talks of replacing Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. with South Korean multinational electronics company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. as the core supplier of 5G systems in the region.
Initially, Samsung was seen as an outsider but is gradually establishing an authoritative status in Europe’s 5G spectrum. In fact, the recent development follows Samsung’s deal of around USD 6 billion with New York-headquartered telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc., sources claimed.
It is to be noted that Huawei’s hardware, along with Nokia Corporation and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, currently accounts for around 50% of the European 4G network which is expected to transform into the highly anticipated 5G network.
However, these operators are reportedly under immense pressure from the U.S. authorities for banning Huawei Technologies, on account of recent allegations of illicitly breaching data privacy.
Sources confirmed that European mobile operators have already made significant investments towards the implementation of fiber optic networks and an additional expense of developing an adequate 5G infrastructure will further dent their investment capabilities.
Meanwhile, experts claimed that incompatibility of the Samsung’s products with Huawei’s existing 4G networks will necessitate complete infrastructural replacement rather than simple upgradation and will be a major hurdle in 5G development.
Samsung reportedly denied the idea that its equipment is incompatible with Europe’s current 4G infrastructure. Although the company failed to specify which European markets it intends to enter, Samsung hopes to replicate inroads it had initially made in Americas and in Asia.
Moreover, the company claims to have a strong network team along with several research facilities in Europe which could potentially bolster 5G development in the region.
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