France’s Huawei Ban Begins to Kick In With Purge in Urban Areas
- Toulouse, Brest and Rennes being cleared of vendor’s equipment
- Phone companies must remove Huawei gear in major cities
Phone companies including Altice Europe NV’s SFR unit and Bouygues Telecom have begun removing Huawei Technologies Co.’s wireless equipment from large French cities after the government moved to purge the Chinese vendor from all but isolated parts of the country.
The work started at the beginning of 2021, when France’s Constitutional Council signed off on a ruling that forces carriers to rip out Huawei gear in densely populated areas where networks are being upgraded to fifth-generation wireless technology, according to people familiar with the situation.