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Orange keeps an open mind on the Huawei kit

Operator giant Orange admitted it was unlikely to consider Huawei for EU deals involving its core networks, but reiterated promises it would follow regional rules in each of its markets for the network kit. radio access (RAN) provided by the Chinese supplier.

Speaking during a European strategy update in London this week, Mari-Noelle Jego-Laveissiere, Deputy CEO of Orange (photo, second from left), said that while the Chinese supplier was a key RAN supplier in some of its European operations, “in every country the core is unlikely to be Huawei.”

Jego-Laveissiere has made it clear that she wants to take a balanced approach to selecting network providers in the region, noting that there is “no hard and fast rule in the group saying that we are no longer going to work with Huawei. “nor” need or rush “for Orange to make a change in its kit” just for a political reason “.

Of course, some European markets (like the UK) are under government orders to remove the Huawei kit from carrier networks due to security concerns. Orange must withdraw the Huawei kit from its operations in Belgium because of such orders.

Orange is also already dependent on the Huawei RAN kit in Poland, Romania and Spain.

The Chinese supplier has captured market share over the past decade thanks to competitive pricing compared to Western rivals Ericsson and Nokia.

Jego-Laveissiere said the operator plans to continue working with German Deutsche Telekom on tenders, which allows companies “to have the price we want and then use it in different countries. with Huawei, or using Ericsson or Nokia “.

This way of working allows Orange to always have “the right price” even if Huawei is “not in the game” in a market, she explained.

Spanish ambitions
During the event, Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange Spain (photo, far left) also expressed confidence that the group’s operations in Spain will return to black in 2023 despite difficult and prolonged market conditions.

In a positive way, he highlighted the recent acquisition of Euskaltel by Masmovil, alongside the country maintaining a leading European position in terms of ARPU.

To return to profitability, Orange is refocusing its efforts on its core business and its customers, by digitizing certain aspects of its operations and simplifying its business, in particular by diversifying its local brands.

Orange Deputy CEO Ramon Fernandez said the group aims to return to EBITDA growth in Spain in 2023, with growing organic cash flow from 2022.

In May, the unit indicated its intention to cut nearly 500 jobs to better compete with a number of low-cost players in Spain. Olt News

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