Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

Huawei's Next Phone Will Have 5G - And Might Be Foldable

Huawei's Next Phone Will Have 5G - And Might Be Foldable

Vodafone's chief executive Nick Read said he made the decision due to the "general noise" surrounding Huawei and warned that banning Huawei would significantly delay the rollout of 5G.

Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecom network gear, is facing increasing scrutiny in Europe over concerns about its technology.

Sales of Huawei smartphones and other consumer products showed "no influence" from Western security warnings and rose more than 50 percent previous year, Yu told reporters. Huawei is the number one telecom infrastructure supplier worldwide ahead of Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE.

A senior government official told the South China Morning Post over the weekend that the government may also ban the use of Huawei products by public bodies.

Last year, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States banned the Chinese telecommunications giant from participating in government contracts.

The Cell's British cyber security experts - who are nonetheless on the Huawei payroll - have to go through "developed vetting", the top level of clearance for people with access to top secret information.

Poland is set to exclude Huawei from 5G after it arrested a Huawei executive earlier this month on spying allegations.

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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 Czech cybersecurity agency said that Chinese laws "force private companies with their headquarters in China to cooperate with intelligence services", which could make them "a threat" if involved with a country's key technology.

Huawei's smaller Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., was almost driven into bankruptcy previous year after the Washington cut off access to US technology over its exports to Iran and North Korea.

However, since 2012 the U.S. has been concerned about the security implications of letting a Chinese firm with links to the People's Liberation Army and the Communist Party supply telecommunications equipment.

Vodafone is putting Huawei on hold.

"It is the first 5G CPE that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols, bringing smart homes into the 5G era", Huawei 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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