EE to launch UK's first 5G service in May

23 May, 2019, 05:51 | Author: Sammy Rose
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Compared with 4G, which launched back in 2012, EE's new 5G network is claimed to offer increased speeds, reliability and connectivity.

Still, concerns remain over services for Huawei's new smartphones as it is uncertain whether popular applications offered by Google such as Gmail and YouTube can be used on the handsets in the future. However, it will continue to support phones already on sale. The UK's third largest mobile operator has said only that the device "is yet to receive the necessary certifications", but it's likely similar pressures faced by EE were also behind the decision. The three new models in the Honor Series 20 line are the Honor 20 Pro, the Honor 20 and the Honor Lite.

Huawei was not included in the list and it comes after Google confirmed they would follow a USA government order which forces companies in the United States to stop trading with the Chinese firm.

With $105 billion in global sales past year, Huawei is the world's largest provider of equipment used in 5G telecom networks, and the second largest seller of smartphones. EE also announced the availability of the HTC 5G Smart Hub, also powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem.

The group also said it would phase out the use of Huawei equipment in the most sensitive "core" elements of its network infrastructure.

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In Japan, KDDI and SoftBank Corp, the country's number-two and number-three carriers respectively, said they too were delaying the release of Huawei handsets to assess the impact of the USA ban.

And the country's biggest carrier, NTT Docomo, said it was suspending pre-orders for a new Huawei handset, but stopped short of halting the release.

The BT-owned firm have said that the 5G will initially launch in six cities: Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Meanwhile SIM-Only plans start from 20GB per month (£32 per month) and rise to 100GB (£52 per month).

The plan is for it to reach 1,500 sites by the end of 2019. Bundling a range of services and content will allow the telco to differentiate over rivals.

Vodafone, a big victor in the United Kingdom 5G spectrum auction, also has plans for a 5G rollout later this year, although whether the carrier will launch on the Huawei Mate handset, as planned, is unconfirmed. The operator made the decision earlier this month to drop Huawei 5G phones from its launch until further notice, according to BBC.

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