Wed. Nov 20th, 2019

Huawei will help many UK operators build 5G networks

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After Huawei was listed by the US Department of Commerce as a list of regulated entities, the British government did not follow the United States but continued to discuss whether to allow Huawei to participate in network construction. Now that the relevant ban has been phased out, Huawei’s participation in network construction has also been improved, especially in the UK. At the same time, the operators in the UK have also directly reduced their subordination, so they can sign a contract with Huawei. Huawei will help these operators build new 5G network sites.

Polan Huawei 5G
Brücke-Osteuropa [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
According to theguardian reports, British operators Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three have signed 5G-related service contracts with Huawei. There are already several cities in the UK that have opened 5G network services, including London, Manchester, and Liverpool. Huawei will participate in the construction of 5G networks in six cities. In particular, EE will allocate hundreds of base stations to Huawei. However, Huawei’s participation is still limited. For example, at this stage, Huawei is only involved in the construction of non-core networks of British operators. These non-core networks include wireless communication and radio systems.

Although the contract has been signed, both the current UK operator and Huawei are waiting for the UK government to review and evaluate to decide whether to allow the contract to be promoted. As mentioned above, the British government did not follow the US ban on Huawei but the British government has its own assessment procedures. There is no more information about the assessment. However, it is estimated that the British government will not prevent Huawei from participating in the construction.