Huawei is partnering Omantel and Ooredoo on 5G development in Oman. The middle eastern country has joined the likes of UK, France, Canada and Germany to allow Huawei provider its 5G infrastructure. The Chinese telecom giant is already a major player in the country’s 4G network.
Oman has announced that it doesn’t see any threat in using Huawei for its 5G development. This is coming after renewed pressure from the US on its allies not to utilize Huawei’s 5G equipment, citing security concerns. Sulayem Alhakmani, the Omani Shura Council’s Head of the Economy Committee, said:
We don’t see any problem at all. We are an independent country and we will decide for ourselves what will serve us best.
Omantel’s ice president of Enterprise Baha Al Lawati noted that:
There has not been any concrete evidence against Huawei. A lot of European operators have already chosen Huawei for their 5G rollout programmes. A lot of these operators around the world have Huawei active in their 4G networks.
The TRA’s senior vice president for radio spectrum, Eng Yousuf Abdullah Al-Balushi, added:
Our telecoms legislation is very clear. Article 44 [explains the] legal conditions which must be followed by the operators. It is up to the operators to decide how they wish to set up their networks – which vendor they choose to buy their kit from is up to them.
Huawei has been a key player in the 5G business and it is not stopping any time soon. Despite being on the US blacklist, the company has managed to keep its head above water. The new partnership with Oman’s Omantel and Ooredoo is another plus for the Chinese tech giant.