Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mobile Operator EE Set UK Live Date for Commercial 5G Network

Mobile Operator EE Set UK Live Date for Commercial 5G Network

EE was widely expected to start service in select Brit cities including "that London" this month, but today nailed down a date: 30 May.

The moves follow a decision by US President Donald Trump to effectively ban US companies from supplying Huawei and affiliates with critical components, citing security concerns.

In December previous year, EE made it clear that the Huawei's equipment would not be present in its 5G core infrastructure, having begun a process to remove the kit from the core of its 3G and 4G networks in 2016.

"That guidance needs to come from them", he said.

Of course, the initial launch will be limited, with EE focusing on six cities- London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and Birmingham.

"[If we get that clarity] then we will un-pause the Huawei launch but if not we can't put a device out there".

Speaking in a Q&A after the event, Marc Allera confirmed that EE had decided against selling the Huawei Mate 20 X immediately, because the ongoing Google and Huawei Android restrictions could result in Huawei handsets having impaired software.

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EE plans to expand 5G coverage across the United Kingdom every month, with ten more cities set to gain access before the end of the year.

"We are pausing pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20X (5G) in the UK", Vodafone UK said in a statement today.

Even though the 5G service is now being built on top of the existing 4G network, BT ensures it is secure and all Huawei technology will be removed from core systems by 2022.

British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from USA tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company.

"Our partnerships with Google and Niantic are just the start of our commitment to work with the most innovative and exciting companies in the world to ensure that EE customers are the first to benefit from the exciting new experiences that 5G will bring".

The network, which will initially focus on outdoor areas before moving to boost indoor areas, won't cover the entirety of these cities.

The issue has also been the source of heated controversy in Britain ever since a leak from the country's National Security Council (NSC) last month suggested the government was planning a limited role for Huawei in its 5G network. SIM-only plans are pegged at £32/month for 20GB data, up to £52/month for 100GB. "Higher bandwidth and lower latency, coupled with expansive and growing 5G coverage, will enable a more responsive network, enabling truly immersive mobile augmented reality, real-time health monitoring, and mobile cloud gaming".

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