Telefonica Espana (Movistar) is expected to discontinue its long-term partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei, and hand new 5G contracts to Nordic tech firms Nokia and Ericsson. The development has been reported by business daily Expansion and comes as Huawei continues to face security-related scrutiny over its alleged links to the Chinese government.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Spain’s auction of 5G-suitable 700MHz frequencies will commence on 21 July. The auction represents the country’s second 5G spectrum sale, after an auction of 3.5GHz licences back in July 2018. The first 5G auction generated a total of EUR437.6 million (USD511.8 million), while the base price for the 700MHz sale means that it will raise at least EUR995.5 million.