US blacklisting of Huawei prompts global firms to follow suit

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US blacklisting of Huawei prompts global firms to follow suit

British telecoms giant EE will this month become the first operator in the country to launch a 5G network but will do so without Huawei technology as originally planned, it said on Wednesday.

EE was widely expected to start service in select Brit cities including "that London" this month, but today nailed down a date: 30 May.

The Trump Administration last week ordered companies to stop selling us technology to Huawei, calling the company a potential security threat that could use its telecom equipment to spy on other countries.

The carrier had already begun removing Huawei infrastructure hardware from its 4G network, and has said that it should all be gone by 2022.

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

The BT-owned firm have said that the 5G will initially launch in six cities: Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.

Until we have the information and confidence that ensures our customers will get support for the lifetime of their devices with us, then we've got the Huawei devices on pause.

"We're at the bleeding edge of technology with this 5G launch", Marc Allera, CEO of BT's consumer business, said in a statement issued by Qualcomm and EE.

A Vodafone spokesperson said: "We are pausing pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20X (5G) in the UK".

EE will be testing their new 5G service at Glastonbury.

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.

EE confirmed 5G will be available on smartphones including Samsung, OnePlus, LG, HTC and Oppo.

The Chinese firm's 5G-compatible Mate X and Mate 20 X were bundled into many an EE publicity bumpf prior to today's launch - and it seems some still received the older version this morning.

EE's new 5G Smart plans will give customers access to what EE claims to be the UK's first 5G network, BT Sport HD HDR and a Gamer's Data Pass with zero-rated data. Now, two major United Kingdom carriers have dropped Huawei from their 5G launch plans. Meanwhile SIM-Only plans start from 20GB per month (£32 per month) and rise to 100GB (£52 per month). This will have a negative impact on 5G consumer takeup in the short term. "Higher bandwidth and lower latency, coupled with expansive and growing 5G coverage, will enable a more responsive network, enabling truly immersive mobile augmented reality, real-time health monitoring, and mobile cloud gaming".

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