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Ericsson, Nokia Strike Back at 5G Readiness Concerns

February 21, 2019 / SDxCentral

Ericsson and Nokia are intent on countering the notion that they are not as prepared as China-based rival Huawei to supply operators with 5G network equipment. The push comes just days ahead of the MWC 2019 event in Barcelona, Spain, where 5G will be the hot topic. Executive from both Nordic vendors wrote blog posts touting their healthy position in the 5G ecosystem. And both said that their operator customers are not in danger of falling behind in their 5G deployments. “In recent weeks, we’ve seen daily reports that Europe would fall behind on 5G,” penned Börje Ekholm, president and CEO of Ericsson. “It is true that there is such a risk, but it is not true that this is because European service providers lack access to the right technology.” Ekholm explained that Ericsson’s “resources and the supply chain capacity” is meeting market demand. “We have a strong and flexible 5G portfolio in place and we will make sure that our cust...