Britain has announced that it has officially launched the country’s first 5G network and BBC informed that it also made the first telly broadcast over 5G. But, the interesting part of the story is that the equipment used to make this possible is sourced from Huawei.
The use of Huawei equipment wouldn’t be the highlight of the story but given that the Chinese telecom equipment giant is banned from doing business with US-based firms and US origin technologies, and pressure from the United States on its allies to drop business with Huawei, this is now the highlight.
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No one would have come to know the usage of Huawei made transmission apparatus but the state broadcaster posted pictures of the branded equipment on its website. The outside broadcast van was being used to relay morning’s BBC News program. However, shortly after sharing the images, the pictures were deleted.
EE, one of the UK’s cellular providers, officially launched its 5G network in six cities across the country including Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester. To help illustrate one of 5G’s biggest advantages, BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones did a live report during its BBC Breakfast program that was streamed over EE’s 5G network.
Huawei declined to celebrate the occasion publicly which is understandable given that EE, whose network went live today, hastily dropped Huawei’s flagship Mate 20 handset from its list of 5G launch devices after the US ban.
While the US, Australia, and New Zealand has banned Huawei from supplying telecom equipment, no European country has formally blocked Huawei and the majority of the company’s current global 5G contracts are with companies operating within Europe.
As per the reports, despite pressure from the United States, Germany has resisted a ban while France has not indicated it plans to follow a tough line against the Chinese company. On the other hand, Huawei is not facing much heat from Asian countries.