Telia has announced it plans to remove every one of its Huawei base stations from its network in Norway, and replace them exclusively with Ericsson base stations.
Telia is a Sweden-headquartered state-owned telco, which also has a SEK 5.80bn (€530m) enterprise arm offering networking, mobility solutions, IoT and device management.
It reportedly has around 6,000 4G base stations in the country, connecting its fiber-based core network to the radio network used by phones and other devices. The vast majority of which are supplied by Huawei.
Telia says that once these are replaced, the Nordic telco giant will still be on track to meet its deadline of rolling out its 5G network by 2023.
The news follows remarks from one of America's top-ranking security officials earlier this week, explicitly warning Norway against building the country's 5G network with Huawei.
Norwegian media outlets reported the secretary of state of the US department of national security, Thomas McDermott, calling the risk "unacceptable".
"It looks like Norway is taking the risk seriously and we are optimistic that they will consider the risks seriously and come to a good conclusion."
The US has been on a worldwide campaign to pressure its allies to remove Huawei from national infrastructure, citing allegations that the Chinese vendor is engaged in state espionage.
However, last month, Norway's digitisation minister, Nikolai Astrup, said that Norway's government does not plan to intervene against individual companies.
Nonetheless, Telia has expressed a wish for its 5G network to remain in "Swedish hands".
"I want to emphasise that it is we who have chosen the supplier. Such an important choice consists of many elements that we have used," said Telia Norway's manager Abraham Foss.
In a statement, Huawei Norway's head of communications, Erik Thomas Ganer, said:
"We register Telia's decision and respect it. Huawei will continue to work hard to safeguard the other commitments we have with the company and stand up to meeting their expectations going forward."
Telia follows the example of Denmark's largest mobile operator, TDC, which has also chosen to replace Huawei with Ericsson.
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