Rural US telcos reportedly looking to replace Huawei with Ericsson and Nokia following Trump ban

Rural US telcos reportedly looking to replace Huawei with Ericsson and Nokia following Trump ban
Published: 2 July 2019 - 8:08 p.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer
Near Crouch, Idaho. Photo credit: Ben Mack

Rural US telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for kit are reportedly in discussions with Ericsson and Nokia to replace Huawei and still provide coverage.

Ericsson and Nokia are Huawei's biggest rivals.

The news was first reported by Reuters.

Earlier, it was reported US president Donald Trump's executive order banning the use of Huawei kit in the US could mean the cellular service of many rural Americans might be switched off.

Huawei provides mobile network equipment for many parts of rural America.

Such a switch-off could potentially be highly damaging politically, as rural Americans voted overhwelmingly for Trump in the 2016 US presidential election.

Previously, Huawei was banned from Android access, following US president Donald Trump's executive order banning the use of Huawei kit in the US.

Trump issued the executive order in May.

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