Dutch operator has calculated move on Huawei 5G acceptance as vendor.
Dutch operator KPN announced it has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the 5G radio network but will only select a western vendor for 5G core.
KPN said it will modernise its mobile network towards 5G, and has adopted a tightened security policy with regard to vendor selection. The company believes that "the mobile core network which from a security point of view is more sensitive", while the RAN is less so.
As a result, the operator has entered into a preliminary agreement with Huawei to provide the radio access part of the 5G network, but the agreement is adjustable and reversable "to align it with future Dutch government policy." Meanwhile, the company "plans to select a Western vendor for the construction of the new mobile core network for 5G."