Iliad’s ‘Free’ service says not authorised to use Huawei gear

FILE PHOTO: Huawei sign is seen outside its store at a shopping complex in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei sign is seen outside its store at a shopping complex in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

September 3, 2020

PARIS (Reuters) – French telecoms operator Free, a subsidiary of Iliad <ILD.PA>, has not been authorised by the government to roll out mobile gear manufactured by China’s Huawei [HWT.UL], contrary to local rivals Bouygues Telecom <BOUY.PA> and SFR <ATCA.AS>, its CEO said on Tuesday.

“This breach of equal treatment is problematic”, Thomas Reynaud told a press conference after Iliad published its first-half results.

He added Free was considering turning to Finland’s Nokia <NOKIA.HE> for the deployment of its 5G network.

(Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic, Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Mark Potter)