On May 30th EE, one of the two major mobile carriers in the UK, switched on 5G in 6 cities in the country. EE confirmed that its range of 5G phones would not include Huawei, and it is in the process of removing Huawei equipment from the core of its 4G networks. However EE is using Huawei within its radio access network (RAN), which allows users to send data to and from the core. In other words EE is using Huawei equipment in its 5G roll-out.
Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s consumer division (which owns EE), told the BBC that, “there is no current government guidance to suggest we should not use Huawei, but if the guidance changes we will reconsider. That will be disruptive but there are other people that provide equipment.”
Allera also thinks that a ban on Huawei could be problematic, not just for EE but for all the UK’s operators, because it is a significant part of their networks.