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EE keeps Huawei in first UK 5G network
    2019-05-24  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BRITAIN’S biggest mobile operator EE said Wednesday its 5G network would rely on equipment made by China’s Huawei, at least for the first few years, as it announced plans to switch on the next-generation services May 30.

However, BT-owned EE joined rival Vodafone in pulling a Huawei smartphone from its 5G launch line-up because of uncertainty about support by Google’s Android after a U.S. move to block the Chinese firm’s access to its technology.

EE CEO Marc Allera said its planned 5G launch was “the start of the U.K.’s 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections.”

Britain had given the green light for the launch, which will see six cities switched on next week and another 10 by the end of the year, he added.

EE has said it was already removing Huawei networking equipment from its core network. BT’s technology chief Howard Watson, however, said 5G would start before Huawei was totally removed from the core of its network.

“We are launching 5G with Huawei in the radio access network and we are using an upgraded version of that existing core, which will then be migrated away from,” Watson said.

EE and Vodafone have opened orders for 5G phones, for example from Samsung, to be available when their networks launch. Apple does not yet have a 5G phone and analysts do not expect it to launch one until 2020 at the earliest.

Huawei’s Mate 20X (5G) had been expected to be among the devices available on both firms’ superfast networks, but EE dropped Huawei from a launch line-up that includes Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, and devices from Oppo, LG and OnePlus.

“We have put the Huawei devices on pause until we have got a bit more information,” Allera said, adding that EE needed to be sure the devices it supplies are going to be supported.

Vodafone U.K. took the same step, stopping pre-orders for the handset before the launch of its network.

Huawei, the world’s second-biggest phone maker, runs its devices on Google’s Android platform outside China, but the U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei from buying U.S. goods last week, throwing future software updates into question.

Britain was set to allow Huawei some participation in the radio part of 5G networks but bar it from the intelligent core. However, a decision has not been announced. (SD-Agencies)

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