As expected, Orange (formerly France Télécom) chose Nokia and Ericsson as 5G suppliers in France. That gave the company on January 31, 2020, Orange spokesman Olivier Emberger confirmed that Huawei had not been with LTE in France for the mobile operator and was therefore not set.
"We don't think we're asking Huawei for an offer about 5G". said Orange boss Stéphane Richard in December 2018. "We work here with our traditional partners Ericsson and Nokia."
Richard spoke on January 23, 2020 against an exclusion from Huawei and also called for a clear Europe-wide set of rules. An exclusion from Huawei "would run counter to EU interests and cause major problems for most EU operators"said Richard, who is also chairman of the GSM Association (GSMA).
The partnership with Nokia focuses on the West and Southeast regions of France, where Nokia already offers 2G, 3G and 4G in the RAN. Ericsson covers the north-east and south-west of the country, where 2G, 3G and 4G in the RAN have also been expanded by the Swedes. No information was given on the financial volume of the orders. In other European countries, for example in Belgium, is a Huawei supplier of orange.
Orange, formerly France Télécom, is the largest telecommunications operator in France. The company is located in Europe (Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Moldova, Reunion), in the Arab region (Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia), in Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone) and active in the island state of Madagascar as a mobile operator.