Free has decided to take legal action to obtain the cancellation of the authorizations granted by ANSSI, the National Information Systems Security Agency, to Bouygues Telecom and SFR to install Huawei 5G equipment.
In May, Free appealed to the Paris Administrative Court to try to obtain from justice the annulment by ANSSI of the authorizations given to Bouygues Telecom and SFR to deploy Huawei’s 5G stations. If the court ruled in favor of Free, the consequences would be very important for these two operators whose networks are based on the equipment of the Chinese manufacturer.
Authorizations drop by drop
It should be remembered that Huawei, accused of espionage in the pay of the Chinese government, was almost ousted from the process of deploying 5G networks in France. The National Information Systems Security Agency, which reports directly to Matignon, in fact decided last year that No Huawei antenna will be present in very dense areas by 2028.
Bouygues Telecom and SFR use Huawei equipment for a large part of their networks, and if they are required to dismantle and replace the manufacturer’s stations, they can continue to install it in very sparsely populated areas. ANSSI grants authorizations in a trickle, but according to Free, this represents discrimination against competition.
Free does not have any Huawei equipment in its network, whether in 4G or 5G. The operator believes that its rivals are taking advantage of an excess of power and hopes that the administrative court of Paris will come to put it in order. In addition, Bouygues Telecom has been negotiating with the State for a year to obtain financial compensation following the dismantling of Huawei antennas …