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EE abandons launch of Huawei 5G phones amid United States ban

EE abandons launch of Huawei 5G phones amid United States ban

EE Chief Executive Marc Allera said its planned 5G launch was "the start of the UK's 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections".

"Lots of uncertainty surrounds 5G in light of the recent security concerns surrounding Huawei", said telecoms analyst Paolo Pescatore of PP Insight.

At the same time, according to the BBC, UK-based computer chip designer Arm also suspended its business dealings with the Chinese tech giant, instructing employees to halt "all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements" with Huawei.

Two major mobile carriers said Wednesday they will postpone sales of new smartphone handsets produced by Huawei Technologies Co. after Washington effectively banned US firms from exporting components to the Chinese tech giant.

EE will be launching 5G initially in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester.

British and Japanese mobile phone companies said on Thursday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from US tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company.

"5G will create new experiences with augmented reality, make our customers' lives easier, and help launch entirely new businesses that we haven't even imagined".

British carriers plan this year to roll out 5G services while Japan will follow in 2020.

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There have been concerns raised about the role played by Chinese firm Huawei, which supplies network equipment to the UK's mobile operators for their roll-out of 5G, following the United States decision to curb its ability to do business in America.

In terms of 5G home broadband, Vodafone will offer HTC's 5G Mobile Smart Hub and Huawei's 5G CPE Pro router.

The core is where the most sensitive functions occur, including device authentication, voice and data-routing and billing.

EE confirmed to The Reg that it continues to use Huawei's kit in the Radio access network (RAN) including in the 5G deployment. "At the moment we have no instructions [from government] to change our plans".

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

EE said its 5G strategy has three phases; 2019 to 2022 sees 5G rollout and 4G improvements, and 1,500 5G sites by the end of this year.

The EE 5G smartphone range will now include models by Samsung, LG and OnePlus.