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European Giants, EE & Vodafone Put Huawei’s Mate 20X (5G) Launch On Halt

EE and Vodafone Put Huawei’s Mate 20X (5G) launch on halt

In the ongoing US-China tug of war, UK’s famous mobile carriers EE and Vodafone have dropped Huawei devices from the launch plan of their respective 5G networks.

According to both the carriers, they have put all the pre-orders for Huawei Mate 20X (5G) on hold, until they get the final verdict and confidence back on the brand.

Both had Huawei Mate 20X 5G, one of the world’s first 5G competent smartphones, as part of their 5G networks. However, the BT Group, one of Europe’s largest telecommunications companies, owns EE says, the company is focused on a customer-centric approach, want consumers to feel safe while using our products and services, therefore cannot list Huawei Mate 20X until it assures our customer-base of the device’s long term usability.

Read here: Bad News For Huawei Users: Google Ceased to Serve Huawei Anymore!

These are initial withdrawals from the EU market that are said to be temporary, however, causing a lot of suspicion and chaos among Huawei users.

According to Marc Allera, CEO of the BT Groups’ consumer brands, “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.”

Unlike in the U.S, the European Market is one of the biggest consumers of the Chinese brand Huawei, imported roughly around 29 million phones in the first quarter of the current year.

The scenario has abruptly changed after Google pulled off access to the Google Play Store, Google’s security and major app updates including Facebook, Instagram, and Google Maps.

Negotiations are in progress from both the ends, however European giants are waiting for the right call to resume the pre-orders or they may completely call off their deals with Huawei.

Despite the fact that Huawei has been granted a temporary access till august 2019, European buyers are ambiguous about Huawei’s fate after that. There is no answer to the question whether the unreleased Huawei sets will have Google Access to updates if the new sets are released before the date.

Europe’s other giant mobile carriers, including Spain’s Telefonica and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, are in process, whether or not they will continue to sell Huawei.

As soon as the news went out, Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank and Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan dropped Huawei devices, including Huawei the newly released P30 Lite and Huawei P20 Lite.

South Korea’s KT is also considering pausing sales and NTT Docomo in Japan has halted pre-orders of the Huawei P30 Pro.

This trade-war is no near to any solution. If the US doesn’t lift its ban permanently, other carriers around the world will most likely cut off Huawei from their shelves.

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Madiha Ahmed
Madiha Ahmed
Madiha (Yusuf) Ahmed is an Independent Journalist, ideally reports technology updates, social happenings and covers features. Professionally, she is serving as a Manager Content in a Digital Agency and specialises in Content Curation, Strategy and Marketing.

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