EE and Vodafone ditch Huawei devices from summer 5G rollout

Joanna Estrada
May 23, 2019

The BBC also reported that British firm ARM, which designs processors used in most mobile devices, is set to cut ties with Huawei.

5G tariffs will also be available for SMEs; handset plans will offer 10-100GB data for £45-£75, while SIM-only plans will offer 5GB-200GB data from £19 to £44.

A SoftBank spokesperson said the telco was holding back the sale so it had time to assess whether its customers could use the Huawei handset "with a sense of safety".

"Until we get the information and confidence that gives us the long term surety that our customers, when they buy those devices, are going to be supported for the lifetime they've got the device with us. we've put those devices on pause", said Marc Allera, CEO of the BT Group's consumer brands (via The Verge).

"Being first-to-market with 5G matters little to consumers, but is clearly an important honour for BT".

EE expects customers to experience an increase in speeds of around 100-150Mbps even in the busiest areas with some users even getting the chance to break the one gigabit-per-second milestone on their 5G smartphones - the fastest speed possible when EE launched 4G in 2012 was just 50Mbps.

With $105 billion in global sales past year, Huawei is the world's largest provider of equipment used in 5G telecom networks, and the second largest seller of smartphones.

Telecoms giant EE, owned by BT, was due to bring Huawei's first 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20X, to Britain, but the Chinese giant's involvement in the country's telecoms sector has become politically controversial. BT, specifically, first began sourcing kit from Huawei in 2003, and the Chinese kit-maker has since been an equipment supplier for access network kit both on the incumbent telco's fixed and mobile networks.

Vodafone, a big victor in the United Kingdom 5G spectrum auction, also has plans for a 5G rollout later this year, although whether the carrier will launch on the Huawei Mate handset, as planned, is unconfirmed. And could this change the course of the ongoing US-China trade war?

"That guidance needs to come from them", he said.

Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Dundee, Exeter, Ipswich, Norwich, Plymouth and York are on the list to get 5G coverage in 2020.

The handsets available will include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus's 7 Pro 5G and Oppo's Reno 5G phones.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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