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Ericsson CEO: “No one is ahead of us” in 5G

“I hope we can find a solution that moves the world forward,” Ericsson CEO Borg Ekholm said. “In the 5G world, security will be paramount.”

According to foreign media reports, the boss of Sweden’s Ericsson said that in terms of 5G, no company is ahead of Ericsson. Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm said he believes no one is ahead of them on fifth-generation mobile Internet technology.

“I find it hard to say we’re falling behind when I see nobody in front of us,” Ekholm said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Ekholm said Ericsson’s equipment was the first to be adopted in North America and Europe.

Dexter Thillien, senior industry analyst at Fitch Solutions, said it was “unreal” to say that Huawei is the “only player” in the 5G space, emphasizing Ericsson and Finland Nokia is two powerful alternatives to this Chinese technology company.

“Europe can operate without Huawei,” he said in an interview. He also added that the United States, Japan and South Korea have been able to launch 5G networks without Huawei equipment.

Ekholm said: “I don’t think all of our geopolitical uncertainty is positive. At the same time, I hope we can find a solution that moves the world forward. In the 5G world, security will be crucial.”

Some telecommunications executives have warned that Europe may fall behind in the 5G race if Huawei is excluded from the construction of 5G networks in continental Europe.

Vodafone CEO Nick Read said last year that forcing mobile network operators to replace their Huawei network equipment with competitors’ equipment would have a “structural” effect on Europe.

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