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Polish operators retain Huawei for 5G rollouts

Several Polish operators kept their partnerships with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. despite a joint 5G security declaration between the Eastern European country and the U.S., Telecompaper reported, citing Rp.pl.

Orange Polska SA and T-Mobile Polska SA tapped Huawei to upgrade their respective telecom towers in Warsaw. Meanwhile, mobile operator P4 Sp. z o.o, or Play, will work with the Chinese telecom equipment company for its 5G trials that will begin Jan. 7.

Cyfrowy Polsat SA withdrew its IT systems installation deal with Huawei. The pay TV operator could reportedly transfer the contract to IT company Asseco Poland SA, in which the former will acquire a 21.90% stake.

U.S. and Polish officials agreed in September to secure 5G networks "from disruption or manipulation." The declaration said 5G equipment suppliers must be thoroughly evaluated for foreign government influence, according to Telecompaper.

The U.S. has banned Huawei from participating in its 5G rollout.