May 22, 2019
EE and Vodafone pull Huawei phones from UK 5G launch
EE, part of BT, had planned to offer Huawei phones as part of its launch on Wednesday of the UK's first 5G network, but decided to "Pause" this due to uncertainty after the Chinese group was included on a blacklist that forbids US companies to supply it with technology. Vodafone had planned to launch the handset in the summer on its 5G network, but a spokesman said on Wednesday that "Huawei's 5G handset is yet to receive the necessary certifications". Mr Allera said EE has tested its 5G network using Huawei technology and has had "No indications" from the UK government to change course. The debate around Huawei has overshadowed the launch of 5G services in the UK as networks have lobbied the government not to ban the Chinese company from 5G network builds. EE has battled to be the first to launch 5G networks against Vodafone which goes live in July.
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