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Huawei Scare Pushes Carriers to Tackle Dominance of 5G Suppliers

  • Companies to align efforts to make networks more flexible
  • New technologies could dent market position of top vendors
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Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With the U.S. campaign against Huawei Technologies Co. threatening to disrupt the rollout of 5G wireless networks, phone carriers are joining forces to develop technology that can reduce their reliance on a handful of powerful equipment suppliers.

The Chinese company dominates the European market for telecommunications gear, ahead of Ericsson AB of Sweden and Finland’s Nokia Oyj. Governments are weighing whether to follow the U.K. and limit Huawei’s share of 5G networks over concerns -- denied by the company -- that it represents a security risk.