T-Mobile CEO John Legere will not be using any Huawei or ZTE gear for its 5G network

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If you’re not familiar, Huawei has been charged with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, so it’s not a surprise that they wouldn’t be using any of their equipment.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a character, just check out his Twitter feed in your downtime for some entertainment. The outspoken Legere is speaking out about Huawei, ZTE, and the company’s upcoming 5G network infrastructure plans.

The T-Mobile CEO said the company would not be using any Huawei or ZTE equipment in any of its planned 5G infrastructures. He added that T-Mmobile currently does not use any equipment at all from either company in any of its networks. Legere also said if a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is approved, nothing will change. They will simply never use Huawei or ZTE equipment in any of their network infrastructures.

Legere had this to say about the purchasing of future network equipment for use by “new T-Mobile.”

“New T-Mobile will buy network equipment only from trusted network equipment suppliers with a strong security track record in the United States.”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere

T-Mobile already announced 5G equipment deals with Ericsson and Nokia worth a total of $7 billion. Legere said the exclusion of Chinese vendors will provide a “critical lift” to such competitors and help protect “the 5G supply chain for the United States and our allies”.

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If you’re not familiar with the situation, Huawei has been charged with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, so it’s not a surprise that they wouldn’t be using any of their equipment. Legere will appear before Congress today and is expected to deliver these remarks and more at that hearing.

As the Huawei and ZTE drama continues to unfold, it will be interesting to see what happens and how it affects the broader mobile community.

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Source: Mobile World Live
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