Vodafone 'Pauses' Huawei Deployment in Its Core Network

Vodafone 'Pauses' Huawei Deployment in Its Core Network

Vodafone 'Pauses' Huawei Deployment in Its Core Network

He said: "Huawei is focused on supporting Vodafone's 5G network rollouts, of which the core is a small proportion".

Vodafone CEO Nick Read said his company would still buy radio equipment - the stuff that goes on masts, to connect people's phones to the core network - from Huawei, however.

The UK-based Vodafone has already started pausing - and not a replacement - the Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments give the Chinese technology firm full security clearance.

Huawei is estimated to have a market share of 35 percent through the whole of Europe.

The telecoms equipment market is dominated by three companies - Huawei, Finland's Nokia (NOK) and Sweden's Ericsson (ERIC). "We were the first to make breakthroughs in key technologies for large-scale 5G commercial use", said Ding Yun, Huawei executive director of the Board and Carrier BG chief executive. It will continue to use Huawei's radio equipment.

Reuters reported on Thursday that the arrest may have put Huawei out of the running to supply equipment for Poland's future 5G network.

Huawei's smaller Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., was almost driven into bankruptcy previous year after the Washington cut off access to US technology over its exports to Iran and North Korea. Washington also says Chinese technology plans violate Beijing's market-opening obligations and might erode USA industrial leadership.

Huawei has said it will be "releasing" 5G smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, based on its new Balong 5000 chipset.

Huawei's foray into the world of foldable phones was confirmed back in October, but it had been rumoured for a while.

European telecom companies have grown wary of using Huawei over concerns that governments could ban the vendor.

Huawei's supporters say the fears over state interference stem from the USA, which has historically been protective of its home-grown firms, especially in the technology sector, and fearful of foreign competition.

Yesterday, a spokesman for Siro said it had raised the issue of security with Huawei but that the partnership agreement remains in place.

Earlier this month, Polish officials arrested two men on spying charges, a Huawei manager and a former Polish counter-intelligence officer.

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