Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Huawei 5G phones frozen out of carrier plans

A couple of weeks ago, Vodafone announced plans to become the first United Kingdom carrier to offer 5G, with the service set to go live in July.

The new radio standard will use the band n78 in this country.

EE will be the UK's first network to switch on commercial 5G.

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.

EE is also offering a video data pass worth £8.99 whereby users can stream video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport, TV Player and MTV Play without using their data. He added that the network will "hopefully" launch with Huawei handsets as initially planned if and when the situation changes.

Launches next year will include Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton.

EE said that Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester, will be the first cities to get 5G, and that this year will also see additional rollouts in Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield. Mobile said they are pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones, including some that can be used on next generation mobile networks, amid uncertainty about devices from the world's No. 2 smartphone maker.

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EE has also confirmed it is leaving Huawei out of its line-up of 5G smartphones. At the moment, there are very few phones on the market which support 5G speeds, and that could make it more hard for consumers to quickly adopt the new technology.

"We have worked for decades with the government and our security services collaborating on our networks both fixed and mobile".

"Being first-to-market with 5G matters little to consumers, but is clearly an important honour for BT", said Kester Mann, principle analyst for operators at research firm CCS Insight.

It aims to have 1,500 5G sites by the end of 2019, targeting the busiest areas of the busiest cities, he said.

Prices for 5G - which will require new handsets - will start at £54 per month for 10 gigabytes of data. By 2023 Phase 3 will be initiated introducing Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Network Slicing and multi-gigabit-per-second speeds.

In terms of 5G home broadband, Vodafone will offer HTC's 5G Mobile Smart Hub and Huawei's 5G CPE Pro router.

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