Huawei flags 5G smartphone coming to MWC

Ryan Ding Huawei Executive Director of the

Ryan Ding Huawei Executive Director of the Board and Carrier BG CEO delivering a keynote speech

There's too much "noise" around the situation and more facts are needed, he said.

"We are working with the government and partners in Poland to convince the authorities that far from posing a threat to networks in the country, our technology will help improve connectivity", Huawei said in a statement.

The move follows continued pressure from the USA to prevent the use of Huawei equipment in broadband and telecoms networks.

Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in and United States efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

Nick Read, chief executive of Vodafone, said the company would continue to buy equipment from Huawei to build its 4G and 5G networks but would halt using the Chinese supplier in its core network, where data is concentrated and security concerns are highest.

The US along with Australia and New Zealand have already banned Huawei from their faster 5G networks because of alleged links to the Chinese regime.

Britain had previously welcomed Huawei's involvement after BT, the leading mobile and fixed-line provider, started incorporating its equipment into networks in 2006, helping it to ramp up internet speeds.

Huawei confirmed that it has secured 30 commercial 5G contracts to date and has shipped over 25,000 5G base stations worldwide.

Liew believes that countries closer to China's orbit in Asia, including central and eastern European nations, and those committed to China's infrastructure and economic programme the "Belt and Road Initiative", will be reluctant to impose any ban on Chinese equipment as they have to balance relations between the U.S. and China. The quality of Huawei's equipment "is really ahead" of its European competitors, he added. The company has spurred competition, driving down equipment costs, and its equipment has become deeply enmeshed in networks in many big markets.

Read said Huawei's equipment was used in Vodafone's core - which he described as the intelligent part of the network - in Spain and some other smaller markets. Both companies manufacture in China and do business with carriers in the country. Huawei has said the allegation is unfounded.

Huawei's latest setback comes after the Prince's Trust announced it would no longer accept donations from the company "in light of public concerns". The CEO of one of Ericsson's largest shareholders, Investor AB, Johan Forssell, said he's been following the rising number of bans imposed on Huawei.

Shares in the company fell to their lowest level since July 2010 after the update, and were trading down 2.3 percent at 141 pence at 1019 GMT.

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