After a controversial few days, Huawei seems to have gotten another kick in the 'nads as it looks like EE will be pulling the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G from its lineup of 5G handsets, and Vodafone is following suit.
"Until we get the information and confidence that gives us the long term surety that our customers, when they buy those devices, are going to be supported for the lifetime they’ve got the device with us ... we’ve put those devices on pause,” said Marc Allera, CEO of the BT Group’s consumer brands (via The Verge). He added that the network will "hopefully" launch with Huawei handsets as initially planned if and when the situation changes.
This kerfuffle comes in the wake of Google pumping the brakes on its relationship with the Chinese tech company – although owners of existing Huawei phones will still be supported; they just won't receive Android updates or Google technical support outside of what's available through an open source license. Huawei's response to Google's decision may indicate that it's working on its own OS.
Huawei announced the UK launch of its Mate 20 X 5G last week and EE confirmed it would be offering the handset on its 5G network that rolls out next week. While the phone is being dropped, EE is offering the Huawei 5G CPE Pro home router as one of six 5G devices that are available to pre-order now.
Vodafone told the The Financial Times that it will also be suspending the handset on its 5G network (that goes live in July), saying, "Huawei’s 5G handset is yet to receive the necessary certifications.”