FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outside an EE mobile phone store in Manchester, Britain, 21 September 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest mobile operator EE to launch the first 5G service next week, but it will not offer Huawei devices to the Chinese company in the future becomes clear after the row with the United States.
EE, owned by the former British telecom monopoly BT, said that the plan was to launch the 5G network in six cities, including London, from 30 May. The goal is to have 1,500 5G sites at the end of 2019.
Huawei devices is expected to be between the devices that are available on the new high-speed networks.
- UK’s largest mobile operator in the pauses, the use of Huawei 5G handsets
But EE’s Chief Executive Mark Allera told reporters the use of Huawei 5G devices had now paused until they could trust that the devices would be supported for their life.
The world’s second largest phone maker, runs its devices on Google’s Android platform outside of China, but the U. S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei from buying U.S. goods last week, throwing future updates of the software in question.
The EE 5G smartphone range will now include models from Samsung, LG and OnePlus.
Reporting by Paul Sandle; writing by Kate Holton