Iliad's 'Free' service says not authorised to use Huawei gear

FILE PHOTO: A Huawei sign is seen outside its store at a shopping complex in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

PARIS (Reuters) - French telecoms operator Free, a subsidiary of Iliad ILD.PA, has not been authorised by the government to roll out mobile gear manufactured by China's Huawei [HWT.UL], contrary to local rivals Bouygues Telecom BOUY.PA and SFR ATCA.AS, its CEO said on Tuesday.

“This breach of equal treatment is problematic”, Thomas Reynaud told a press conference after Iliad published its first-half results.

He added Free was considering turning to Finland's Nokia NOKIA.HE for the deployment of its 5G network.

Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic, Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Mark Potter