Play CEO warns of negative effects of Huawei ban

6 Mar 2019

The chief executive of Poland’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, P4 (Play), has warned that barring China’s Huawei from 5G equipment contracts could lead to rollout delays and higher prices for end users. Polish authorities have previously raised security concerns due to Huawei’s links with the Chinese government, and in January this year a Huawei employee in Poland was arrested on spying charges.

Play CEO Jean-Marc Harion is quoted by Reuters as saying: ‘We haven’t been provided with any evidence of security problems with Huawei equipment so far. Of course, we will support the government, if there are any questions, surveys, whatsoever, but we haven’t received or recorded any signals of security problems yet.’ He then added: ‘The main message I would like to reinforce is that a ban of Huawei would impact negatively the Polish consumer in terms of prices and time-to-market.’

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Play controls around 27% of Poland’s cellular market, with 12.4 million active customers at the end of 2018.

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