Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile carriers, will "pause" buying Huawei equipment for the core of its networks in Europe amid talks with the company and various agencies and governments, the United Kingdom company's chief executive officer, Nick Read, said.
Vodafone's Chief Executive Nick Read said on Friday after reporting third-quarter results that the debate was playing out at a "too simplistic level", adding that Huawei was an important player in an equipment market which it dominates along with Ericsson Sweden's Ericsson and Nokia.
Huawei is estimated to have a market share of 35 percent through the whole of Europe.
Chinese tech giant Huawei announced plans Wednesday for a next-generation smartphone that will use its own technology instead of USA components, maneuvering to gain a competitive edge and sidestep complaints it is a security risk.
Polish government officials are talking to European Union and North American allies on the next steps but haven't determined which telecoms equipment maker might replace Huawei, the sources said.
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Europe is giving US-led calls for a boycott of Huawei 5G telecoms equipment a mixed reception, with some governments untroubled by spy suspicions against the Chinese giant, but others backing a ban.
Vodafone has halted the purchase of Huawei equipment for parts of its network amid political uncertainty surrounding the Chinese supplier.
This runs contrary to the approach taken by the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, who have banned even those uses for Huawei equipment. Washington also says Chinese technology plans violate Beijing's market-opening obligations. It said it aimed to keep the momentum with the launch next month of a foldable smartphone powered by its new fifth-generation (5G) chipset. They apparently don't want to lose funding under the terms of last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which banned federal funding recipients from using certain products and services offered by Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese manufacturer that has raised similar red flags. Huawei is listed as one of the trust's "patrons" and a technology sector partner on its website.
In December 2018, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.
"It is the first 5G CPE that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols, bringing smart homes into the 5G era", Huawei said.