Vodafone launched its 5G service in the UK on Wednesday July 3rd, but without smartphones from controversial Chinese technology giant Huawei, reports AFP.
By sidelining Huawei phones, Vodafone has mirrored action by EE, which in May became the first UK provider to roll out the latest generation of communications technology that offers almost instantaneous data transfer.
"5G will transform the way we live and work," Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery said at the launch.
"Our customers are streaming over 50% more content today than they did last year, and with 5G the demand for data is only set to increase," Jeffery added.
For most people, it will mean download speeds that are up to ten times faster than with current 4G devices.
Vodafone has launched in seven UK cities, including London and Birmingham, but will not be offering the service on the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G smartphone, as is the case with EE.
Huawei has met resistance in some Western markets over fears that Beijing could spy on communications and gain access to critical infrastructure via ‘the internet of things’ if allowed to develop foreign 5G networks.
The Chinese company flatly denies what it describes as "unsubstantiated claims" about being a security threat.
While Vodafone does not use Huawei in its core UK network, it does rely on a mixture of Ericsson and Huawei technology in its radio access network or masts.
Vodafone has meanwhile stressed that there are "multiple" layers of security between the masts and the core network.