EE to start 5G services, will not offer Huawei

The carrier EE held an event today (May 22, 2019) that launched its 5G services in the UK.

Vodafone said in a statement that it's "pausing pre-orders" for the Mate 20X, Huawei's first phone for 5G networks, as "a temporary measure while uncertainty exists regarding new Huawei 5G devices".

All of the above is said to reflect Phase 1 of EE's 5G rollout: a "non-standalone" deployment focused on using the combined power of 4G and 5G to give customers the "fastest, most reliable mobile broadband experience they've ever had".

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.

It is expected to offer internet speeds that are several times more than the current generation 4G.

EE went further, explaining that it was consistency of support that was forcing it to freeze its Huawei plans.

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

Other cities planned for coverage are Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth and Portsmouth.

Back in September 2018, EE said it was upgrading more than 500 4G mobile towers in preparation for the rollout, and building 5G sites on top of the upgraded sites.

British carriers plan this year to roll out 5G services while Japan will follow in 2020.

But Mr Howett thinks that a ban on Huawei could be problematic, not just for EE but for all the UK's operators, because it is in a significant part of their networks.

"This is the start of the UK's 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections".

EE will switch on its 5G service in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester on Thursday, 30 May.

The BT-owned telecoms giant said it will be the first operator in the United Kingdom to launch the new, high-speed mobile network.

KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. have both said they will put off sales of Huawei's new smartphone models for their Au and Y!mobile services respectively, which were initially scheduled to begin later this month.

Phase 3, from 2023, will introduce Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Network Slicing and multi-gigabit per second speeds. Plans start from £54 per month (for 10GB of data) and extend up to £74 per month (for 120GB of data).

This will have a negative impact on 5G consumer takeup in the short term.

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