Vodafone puts parts of Huawei on hold over security row

Ryan Ding Huawei Executive Director of the

Vodafone CEO Nick Read said on Friday that the company made a decision to "pause" the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks in Europe while it speaks with regulators, governments, security agencies and the Chinese company itself.

United Kingdom -based Vodafone, one of the world's biggest mobile carriers, uses Huawei in the core of its Spanish network and some other smaller markets, Read said.

Chief executive Nick Read said the company would temporarily stop the installation of new Huawei equipment in its core telecoms infrastructure in Europe.

Huawei is estimated to have a market share of 35 percent through the whole of Europe. Huawei is the number one telecom infrastructure supplier worldwide ahead of Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE.

US President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing allies to block Huawei from fifth-generation wireless networks, citing fears that China could use its equipment for spying - something the firm's executives have denied.

Huawei, founded in 1987 by a former military engineer, has rejected accusations it is controlled by the ruling Communist Party or modifies its equipment to allow eavesdropping.

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. According to representatives of Huawei, the effectiveness of the modem when connected to a 5G network is ten times higher than that of LTE solutions.

But some Western countries have barred Huawei after USA officials briefed allies that Huawei is at the beck and call of the Chinese state, warning that its network equipment may contain "back doors" that could open them up to cyber espionage. Washington also says Chinese technology plans violate Beijing's market-opening obligations.

However, since 2012 the USA has been concerned about the security implications of letting a Chinese firm with links to the People's Liberation Army and the Communist Party supply telecommunications equipment.

Huawei is a strategic partner to Vodafone since 2007.

"It is the first 5G CPE that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols, bringing smart homes into the 5G era", Huawei said.

Earlier this month, Polish officials arrested two men on spying charges, a Huawei manager and a former Polish counter-intelligence officer.

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