(Reuters) – Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s second-biggest mobile operator, has warned that Britain’s desire to lead the world in 5G technology will face a big blow if it decides to remove China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from the country’s telecoms infrastructure.
FILE PHOTO: The British flag and a smartphone with a Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
“The UK’s leadership in 5G will be lost if mobile operators are forced to spend time and money replacing existing equipment”, Scott Petty, Vodafone UK’s chief technology officer, told Reuters in an emailed statement.
The British government should make efforts to expand 5G coverage and invest in the next stage of this technology instead of stripping out the equipment of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, Petty said.
“We are not tied to one supplier, but it is important to understand the extent of what is at stake here,”…
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