Huawei launches its own 5G chip

Huawei launches its own 5G chip

Huawei launches its own 5G chip

Vodafone is in talks with the company and various agencies and governments, following the pause on buying Huawei equipment for its core network.

Vodafone CEO Nick Read said on Friday that the company chose to "pause" the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks in Europe while it speaks with regulators, governments, security agencies and the Chinese company itself.

Carriers are becoming wary of expanding their ties to Huawei amid a US -led crackdown on the largest telecom-equipment supplier.

This is the secretive Oxfordshire base where some 35 cyber security experts are testing equipment supplied by controversial Chinese telecoms giant Huawei - and will within months publish a potentially explosive report that could trigger a global trade war.

Officials didn't indicate who might supplant Huawei, but Nokia and Ericsson, of Finland and Sweden respectively, are two of Europe's front-runners in the networking industry.

Operators in Europe such as BT and Orange (LSE: 0OQV.L - news) have already taken steps to remove Huawei equipment or limit its future use.

Vodafone has said it will stop installing Huawei equipment in its network until there is greater clarity over whether Chinese authorities could use its products for spying.

China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd announced on Thursday its consumer business sales made a record of over 52 billion US dollars in 2018 on strong demands for its smartphones.

Mr Read also warned of higher costs and delays to the rollout of 5G if an European Union ban on the firm's equipment comes into force.

The leading supplier of network switching gear for phone companies, Huawei Technologies spending heavily to develop its own chips, an area where the US dominates.

In August 2018, Australia said Huawei and Chinese rival ZTE would be excluded from its 5G networks, and in November 2018 New Zealand followed suit. Washington also says Chinese technology plans violate Beijing's market-opening obligations and might erode US industrial leadership.

A Huawei spokesman said: "Vodafone and Huawei are long-term strategic partners that have worked together since 2007".

"It is not about pressure from governments; it is the noise level throughout Europe".

"At Huawei, we never do these kinds of things", he said.

Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in and USA efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

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