Ahead of the opening of the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm told analysts and reporters on Sunday that 5G will become the digital backbone of society in the future.
In light of this, he said, a debate has risen about national security and ways to ensure the integrity of national networks. The CEO, who was unwilling to speak directly about competitors, made clear that security is a matter for politicians. “Ericsson really has no idea about that, it’s not our role. It is up to each country to decide how to design national security policy”. He also insisted that the setbacks facing Huawei and ZTE are not benefiting Ericsson.
Ekholm emphasised that the uncertainty is affecting customers and ongoing concerns in Britain, Germany and France are creating a new problem. “There is a high risk that Europe will lag behind in 5G development”.
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