Huawei Inaugurates “5G Nation” Project in Monaco

On July 12, 2019, Mona­co inau­gu­rat­ed a 5G sys­tem devel­oped by Huawei in coop­er­a­tion with Mona­co Tele­com.  Ear­li­er, in March 2019, the two com­pa­nies signed a strate­gic agree­ment to imple­ment an Inter­net of Things project in sup­port of Monaco’s “5G Nation” project.  For Huawei, the project is report­ed­ly seen as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to bur­nish its cre­den­tials in the face of ris­ing secu­ri­ty-relat­ed scruti­ny.  As Huawei Vice Pres­i­dent Guo Ping said, “Mona­co is a small coun­try… which allows us to make a shop win­dow in a num­ber of areas… and can serve as a mod­el for oth­er oper­a­tors and states.”  The imple­men­ta­tion of the 5G sys­tem is claimed to make Mona­co the first Euro­pean coun­try to have full 5G cov­er­age.  Huawei com­peti­tor Nokia dis­agrees, assert­ing that it achieved full 5G cov­er­age of San Mari­no in Decem­ber 2018.