Britain confirmed to quit Huawei in its 5G network.

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According to the Voice of America quoting a British political insider – the British government will quit plans to use Huawei technology in its 5G network, with an announcement coming soon. The announcement will also discuss the gradual removal of the current Huawei technology in place. Part of the decision is due to the COVID-19 crisis and public disillusionment with Beijing along with strong opposition to Huawei from senior members.

The VOA article stated initial public support for Huawei changed due to China’s handling of the coronavirus and the situation over Hong Kong. Lastly, the article mentions Britain’s Prime Minister Johnson’s fight against COVID-19 also likely resulted in a tougher view towards China.

In response, Huawei launched an advertising campaign reminding the British public of their 20 year involvement in the UK and their “commitment to helping bring fast reliable mobile and full fiber broadband networks to every part [of] the country.”

The United States will likely welcome the news as they have been lobbying the UK government and according to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “The United States stands with our allies and partners” and “stands ready to assist our friends in the U.K. with any needs they have, from building secure and reliable nuclear power plants to developing trusted 5G solutions that protect their citizens’ privacy,” Pompeo said.

It will be interesting to see whether Nokia or Ericcson are picked to replace Huawei in England. Will post more as news becomes available.

Nokia looking to benefit from Huawei ban.

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According to Tommi Uitto, President of mobile networks at Nokia, Nokia has signed 43 commercial 5G deals while Nokia has signed 50.

At the end of March, Nokia had 30 contracts while Huawei had 40, indicating Nokia has been winning more 5G customers than Huawei. Specifically, Nokia has been expanding its 5G business in Australia, New Zealand and the US – where Huawei’s 5G involvement is limited after their inclusion on the BIS entity list.

While the Huawei ban may help in some markets, Uitto indicates the ban may increase Huawei’s aggressiveness in other markets in countries where they can compete.