Feb 5, 2020

Vodafone to strip Huawei from ‘core’ network at cost of £200m

Vodafone is to strip Huawei systems out of the core of its European network at a cost of €200m as the European telecoms sector moves to adapt to new limits on use of the Chinese company's equipment. The UK government last week imposed a 35 per cent market share limit on Huawei equipment in the country's 5G network, while banning it from the "Core" - the sensitive heart of a telecoms network where customer information is processed - as well as certain strategic sites. Vodafone last year paused investment and upgrades to the core systems, used in Spain and some eastern European countries, and will now remove them, while BT is stripping Huawei equipment from the core of EE's 4G network, which it expects to complete by the end of this year. Vodafone has historically used Huawei in large parts of its non-core network outside London. It shares its network with O2 and Huawei's share of the combined network is already near the 35 per cent mark.

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