European operators are facing pressure from the United States to avoid using Huawei's equipment in future 5g networks. Samsung seems to see an opportunity to join the 5g competition in Europe to provide relevant technical equipment for operators. Initial talks, however, show that Samsung's attempt to replace Huawei is not easy.
Samsung struck an unexpected $6 billion deal with Verizon in September, and both Telefonica and orange of France also negotiated with the South Korean company.
Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest mobile operator, remains skeptical of Samsung's ability to compete in the short term. Analysts also said Samsung needed to do more to compete with Nokia and Ericsson in their home markets.
At the same time, Huawei is also pushing ahead with its expansion plans in Europe. The company said on Thursday it would invest $245 million to build a mobile network equipment plant in eastern France. The plant, which will initially employ 300 employees, will grow to 500, mainly targeting Huawei's European customers.
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