UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches

Japan mobile carriers KDDI and SoftBank's Y!mobile postpone sales of new Huawei phones

Japan mobile carriers KDDI and SoftBank's Y!mobile postpone sales of new Huawei phones

Telecommunications suppliers have said that without a major, low-priced supplier like Huawei, the process of rolling out 5G - an upgrade in a country where 4G coverage is still spotty - could be far more costly and may be delayed by years.

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. EE CEO, Marc Allera, sensibly said: "We've put the Huawei devices on pause until we've got a little more information on that".

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

Vodafone soon followed suit, announcing it was suspending pre-orders of Huawei 5G handsets.

"Some" being the operative word, there.

Japan's Panasonic said it was halting business with Huawei to comply with United States restrictions, dealing a fresh blow to the Chinese telecoms firm.

Japanese carrier KDDI said its release of the Huawei P30 lite Premium planned in May will also be postponed.

Japan-based Panasonic has announced that the company has stopped shipments of certain components to Huawei Technologies in order to comply with US restrictions on the Chinese company.

Google has barred Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system, meaning new designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps.

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 U.S. decision to curb its ability to do business in America.

O2, however, has confirmed that it will continue to stock Huawei 5G phones despite security concerns.

UK-based chip designer ARM told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.

Huawei said in response that it recognised "the pressure" placed on its suppliers, and that it was "confident this regrettable situation can be resolved".

"That guidance needs to come from them", he said. Now, two major United Kingdom carriers have dropped Huawei from their 5G launch plans.

A senior Huawei employee said the company is planning to introduce its own operating system for its smartphones, possibly this fall, as a countermeasure to the US restrictions, according to the Chinese media. BT Group's technology chief Howard Watson, however, said 5G would start before Huawei was totally removed from the core of its network. Vodafone and other carriers use Huawei equipment on the edge of the network, where radio antennas connect with user devices.

The US government is also lobbying South Korea not to use Huawei.

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