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British Mobile Phone Operator ‘EE’ Becomes First in Country to Launch 5G Service

EE had announced last week that it would make its 5G network available to the public — but would not sell Huawei's first 5G phone, the Mate 20 X 5G

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FILE - Signage is seen outside an EE mobile phone shop in Manchester, Britain, Sept, 21, 2017. VOA

British mobile phone operator EE on Thursday became the first in the country to launch a high-speed 5G service, but without smartphones from controversial Chinese technology giant Huawei.

EE, which is a division of British telecoms giant BT, has launched 5G in six major cities comprising Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester — and more hubs will follow.

“From today, the U.K. will be able to discover 5G for the first time thanks to EE,” it announced in a statement, after an official launch featuring a performance from chart-topping grime act Stormzy on a boat on London’s River Thames.

Next-generation 5G mobile networks offer almost instantaneous data transfer that will become the nervous system of Europe’s economy in strategic sectors like energy, transport, banking and health care.

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EE, which is a division of British telecoms giant BT, has launched 5G in six major cities comprising Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester — and more hubs will follow. Pixabay

EE had announced last week that it would make its 5G network available to the public — but would not sell Huawei’s first 5G phone, the Mate 20 X 5G. However, the Chinese company still provides 5G network infrastructure equipment to EE.

“We are very pleased to be one of the partners supporting EE with a new era of faster and more reliable mobile connectivity over 5G in the U.K.,” a Huawei spokesperson told AFP on Thursday.

Rival British mobile phone giant Vodafone will launch its own 5G services on July 3 in seven UK cities — but it has also paused the sale of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G smartphone.

Vodafone does not use Huawei in its core UK network but uses a mixture of Ericsson and Huawei technology in its radio access network or masts, according to a company spokesman. He added that there are “multiple” layers of security between the masts and the core network.

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EE had announced last week that it would make its 5G network available to the public — but would not sell Huawei’s first 5G phone, the Mate 20 X 5G. Wikimedia Commons

Huawei faces pushback in some Western markets over fears that Beijing could spy on communications and gain access to critical infrastructure if allowed to develop foreign 5G networks. The Chinese company flatly denies what it describes as “unsubstantiated claims” about being a security threat.

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US internet titan Google has meanwhile started to cut ties between its Android operating system and Huawei, a move that affects hundreds of millions of smartphone users, after the U.S. government announced what amounts to a ban on selling or transferring technology to the company.

Earlier this week, Huawei asked a U.S. court to throw out US legislation that bars federal agencies from buying its products. The U.S. moves against Huawei come as the Washington and Beijing are embroiled in a wider trade war. (VOA)

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Malaysia on Track to Roll out 5G Service Commercially: President Mahathir Mohamad

Due to its high bandwidth, low latency and boundless connectivity, 5G has opened up infinite possibilities for various fields, bringing tremendous changes

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"5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs," he said. VOA

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that the southeast Asian country was on track to roll out 5G service commercially by the third quarter of 2020.

Speaking at the launch of the 5G Demonstration Projects in Langkawi on Sunday, in Malaysia’s northern Kedah state, Mahathir said 5G has the power to promote an array of new services, improve manufacturing efficiency and spur innovation nationwide, Xinhua reported.

“Since I launched the ‘5G Malaysia Showcase’ in April 2019, preparations to deploy 5G have been progressing well, and I am glad to state that Malaysia is on track to commercially roll out 5G in the 3rd quarter of 2020,” he said.

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Malaysian President Mahathir Mohamad. IANS

He added that Malaysia’s enthusiasm for embracing 5G and new technology would prevent it from being left behind as the world was rapidly developing new technology and using it to boost economic growth.

“Economically, 5G can serve as the infrastructure for innovative growth. The convergence of 5G and different industrial sectors such as agriculture, education, healthcare, manufacturing, smart transportation, and tourism present new opportunities for industries, society, and individuals to advance their digital ambitions, and deliver new and better services,” he said.

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Due to its high bandwidth, low latency and boundless connectivity, 5G has opened up infinite possibilities for various fields, bringing tremendous changes. (IANS)