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British Mobile Operator EE to Start 5G Services Without Huawei


7Dnews London

Wed, 22 May 2019 11:13 GMT

Britain's biggest mobile operator EE aims to launch the country's first 5G service next week but it will not offer Huawei handsets until the Chinese company's future becomes clear following its row with the United States.

EE, owned by former British telecoms monopoly BT, announced that it plans to launch the 5G network in six cities, including London, from May 30th and aims to have 1,500 5G sites by the end of 2019. 

EE chief executive Marc Allera was quoted by the Financial Times as saying that the company had "paused" the launch of Huawei's 5G phones as it did not have the "surety of service" it needed to offer long term contracts. 

"We've had to hold that back," he said. 

Google said this week that it was beginning to cut ties between its Android operating system and handset maker Huawei, affecting hundreds of millions of smartphone users. 

The decision comes in the midst of a United States trade war with China. 

Previously, it had been expected that Huawei handsets would be among the devices available on the new superfast networks. 

The US Commerce Department blocked Huawei last week from buying US goods, putting future software updates into question.

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

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