British telecom providers Vodafone and EE are currently not offering any Huawei telephones for their new 5G networks. They do so because the Chinese tech company may no longer be able to update those devices. In the Netherlands, providers are not yet ready.
Huawei has been blacklisted by the United States and therefore Google has decided that the Chinese are no longer allowed to use the official version of the Android operating system.
In concrete terms, the step for Vodafone means that orders for the 5G-capable Huawei device Mate 20X are no longer being accepted. EE has decided for the time being that the company will not offer any 5G devices from Huawei at all.
Two major Japanese telecom companies, SoftBank and KDDI, already decided to postpone the launch of the Huawei device P30 Lite. The largest Japanese telecom provider, NTT DoCoMo, is still considering this.
The British chip designer ARM has also decided not to do business with Huawei anymore. The Chinese company uses ARM designs for different chips in its mobile phones. ARM follows the example of American chip makers such as Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom.
In the Netherlands, Belsimpel indicates that in recent days “a little less Huawei has been sold”, but it is too early to say whether that will be permanent. “It may be that this is caught up later,” says a spokesperson. KPN and T-Mobile say they are keeping a close eye on developments, but do not indicate that they are suspending orders. VodafoneZiggo did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday afternoon.