"We thought China Unicom and China Telecom would use LTE FDD. But this trade conflict could cause the 4G licensing to change. This could be a possibility," she said.
European telecommunication equipment vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson have both participated in building trial 4G networks for China Mobile. Alcatel-Lucent declined to comment on the EU's investigation, but Ericsson said in a statement it opposed the action.
"Ericsson is a strong supporter of free trade and we don't believe in this type of unilateral measure," said Ulf Pehrsson, head of the company's government and industry relations. "Our policy is for open, free and unrestricted trade and global supply chains, benefitting users and societies."
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