According to information from the Expansion, Huawei has seized the Council of State to have the Huawei law annulled which prevents it from freely using the Chinese manufacturer's 5G antennas.
For several months now, the operators have started to fight for the future 5G network in France. Even if the frequencies have not yet been allocated, everyone is already planning the equipment and antennas that will cover the territory, starting with the large cities.
For Bouygues Telecom, as for 4G, the choice seemed to have fallen on the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. It is, along with Nokia and Ercisson, one of the world's leading antenna suppliers. However, France does not see the equipment supplier so well. A year ago, the parliament voted in fact a law on the protection of telecom infrastructures, quickly nicknamed "Huawei law". Concretely, the law obliges operators to have their equipment validated by the Prime Minister.
However, in recent months it has become clear that the administration does not intend to authorize Huawei antennas in France in the long term. Indeed, the authorizations that would be granted for Huawei equipment would only be for three to five years, against eight for its competitors. Importantly, at the end of this period, the antennas could no longer be used. Concretely, this means that even if the operators were granted an eight-year license for Huawei antennas, they would necessarily have to dismantle them in 2028, at the latest.
The Council of State seized to have the Huawei law annulled
Suffice to say that for Bouygues Telecom, which intended to use the Chinese manufacturer's equipment to build its 5G network, it was a cold shower. According to information from the Expansion, Bouygues Telecom decided on July 23 to attack the government at the Council of State. This referral would simply seek to overturn the Huawei law which prevents it from freely using the equipment manufacturer's equipment. Last February, Martin Bouygues had already threatened to attack the state in the event of Huawei's de facto exclusion. It is now done.
This is not Bouygues Telecom's first reaction to the government on this law. As the Expansion recalls, Huawei has tried to slow down the 5G timeline in the past. In addition, resigned, the telecom group also announced last week the dismantling of the Huawei antennas of its 4G network from this year until 2028.
As a reminder, Arcep’s 5G calendar provides for a launch of the procedure for allocating frequencies for operators in the fall and a commercial launch of 5G offers for individuals by the end of the year.