The Spanish operator is also said to be finalizing a pact with rival Vodafone Spain to share parts of their 5G network infrastructure.
The 5G race heats up in Ireland as all three operators plan to launch services in 2019. Huawei could be involved in some of the networks.
The U.S. government is pressuring Germany to ban Huawei from 5G deployments over national security concerns.
The U.K. operator goes three better than rival EE with plans to launch 5G in 19 markets this year.
Huawei is losing no time in building on its momentum from the show as today it opened a Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, Belgium.
Under its new IoT security certification program, Arm teamed up with third-body testing labs to provide independent security certification.
A day after VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger touted the operator as one of its top customers, the companies said that VMware is Vodafone’s primary strategic partner for telco cloud infrastructure services.
There are "about 60 service providers that use VMware technology to build their telco cloud," Pat Gelsinger said at MWC.
But, the local operators will be the ones feeling the most pressure to match the world in 5G deployments.
The executive missives come as some European operators have expressed concern that their 5G plans could be delayed if Huawei is not part of the infrastructure puzzle.
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The German telecom giant expressed fears that Europe could fall behind China and the U.S. by at least two years if governments ban Huawei over security concerns.
1&1 Drillisch confirms its intention to take part in Germany’s upcoming 5G spectrum auction in March.
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The carrier said it will “pause” buying Huawei equipment for its core mobile networks in Europe while Western governments work to clear up security concerns.