Dutch operators receive government directives on network vendor choice

24 May 2021

The Netherlands’ government has issued orders to the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs) regarding choice of network suppliers, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has confirmed, although KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo are strictly prohibited from revealing any details of the orders. Various news outlets including BusinessInsider.nl reported assumptions that China’s Huawei is now prevented from supplying 5G core network technology to Dutch MNOs, while a Huawei spokesperson confirmed to Financieele Dagblad that ‘We do not supply 5G core equipment in the Netherlands.’