NOS has no issue working with Huawei on 5G
The telecommunications company NOS has tested the potential of 5G mobile technology for the first time this month, following in the foosteps of Vodafone and Altice.
The Portuguese company tested Huawei fifth generation mobile technology at the Portugal Smart Cities Summit 2019 at Lisbon’s Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL) trade fairs centre.
NOS General Manager, Manuel Ramalho Eanes, told the business daily newspaper Jornal Económico that he was not worried about possible fallout as a result of trade and technology tensions between the Chinese company and the United States and European Union.
“We’re not worried about what has been said lately since we have not seen any practical recommendation regarding Huawei technology. Our partnership with Huawei has already existed for several years and we are fairly comfortable with it” he said.
In the first quarter of 2019 Huawei had a 19% share of the world’s mobile phone market, rising from 8.1% in the first quarter of 2016.
When asked about the possible existence of a national plan to block Huawei partnerships with Portuguese telecoms companies, Ramalho Eanes said the issue was a complex one and would not comment further other than what had already been stated by NOS CEO Miguel Almeida.
In March, at the annual presentation of NOS financial results, Miguel Almeida said he felt quite relaxed about the controversies surrounding Huawei.
“These are speculations based on the fact that the company is Chinese. We operate on the basis of facts and we have absolutely no evidence of any security problems with Huawei,” he said.