In recent times, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Huawei. However, despite the calls to ban all Huawei equipment, Vodafone UK, the telecommunications giant, has made a stand against it by deciding to go forward with plans to deploy their technology in non-essential parts of their network.
According to the company, 5G will go live on the 3rd of July.
What makes this decision stand apart is the fact that Vodafone is the first telecommunications company in the UK to lend them their support. The UK government has decided that deploying Huawei’s technology in non-core areas of the country is fine, and Vodafone’s decision goes along with their way of thinking.
That being said, the US is still very much against Huawei technology in general, which is why they’ve constantly been trying to enforce its ban. The US-based this move on the suspicion that the Chinese government might be using Huawei’s equipment to spy on their citizens.
In the past, Vodafone UK raised concerns about banning Huawei, arguing that by doing so, rolling out the new network would be delayed as a result. Moreover, such a move would place the UK behind its competitors. The UK government has not yet issued a formal verdict, but Vodafone UK is confident that Huawei will not be completely banned in this part of the world.
In 2018, Huawei contributed £1.7 billion to the UK economy. Currently, Huawei equipment is used in core parts of the European network. New installations are halted due to the controversy.