The deployment of 5G in France promises to be complicated. While the country lags behind its European neighbors, the virtual ban on the use of Huawei equipment is an additional obstacle for operators.
While the auction to obtain the precious 5G frequencies should take place before the end of the month, the battle is underway at Bouygues Telecom. The operator is in fact very dependent on Huawei equipment, used to deploy its 3G and 4G network. He fully intended to build on what already existed for the development of his future 5G network.
ANSSI is keeping an eye on the grain
But the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) put an end to it. In a decision released in early July, the body did not ban Huawei completely, but operators who want to use equipment from the Chinese supplier will have to apply for operating licenses limited to eight years. And these authorizations will not be renewed …
For operators, there is therefore no point in equipping themselves with Huawei, since the equipment will have to be replaced by 2028, which means dismantling the manufacturer's antennas. Bouygues Telecom intends to fight, however, according to The Expansion : The operator should take the State Council to overturn the decree opposing Huawei equipment. The attempt could succeed in one direction, that of Bouygues, as in that of ANSSI.
But pending the decision of the authority, the case mortgages the deployment of the 5G network of Bouygues which does not know on which foot to dance. ANSSI has also blocked the way from Huawei hardware to Free. The operator did not get the green light from the Agency to deploy equipment from the manufacturer for its own network.
Free lamented what Thomas Reynaud, managing director of Iliad, called " difference in treatment ". Despite the limits imposed on Huawei equipment, Bouygues Telecom and SFR were able to get the green light from ANSSI. It's about a " breach of equality »For Free. The first 5G packages for the general public should normally be launched before the end of the year, but these difficulties could delay the effective launch of the new network.