February 7, 2020 / 4:54 PM / 11 days ago

Ericsson CEO to meet Germany's Merkel next week

Ericsson Chief Executive Officer Borje Ekholm holds a news conference during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - The chief executive of Sweden’s Ericsson will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week, a government spokesman said on Friday, amid debate in Berlin over how best to regulate foreign providers of telecoms equipment.

Borje Ekholm’s meeting on Feb. 13 comes amid calls from some German lawmakers to ban China’s Huawei, the global leader in telecoms networks, on national security grounds.

Sources earlier said Finland’s Nokia would also send a representative to meet Merkel, although the company has not commented on the report.

Nokia is the world’s No.2 supplier of telecoms equipment, followed by Ericsson.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Michelle Martin

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