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EE and Vodafone drop Huawei from 5G network

Huawei's devices have been dropped from Vodafone and EE's 5G network in the UK.

Following the US enforcing a ban on trading with the Chinese firm unless they obtain a licence after their current one runs out in just under 90 days time, both mobile networks have confirmed they won't be including their handsets in their roll-out of the high speed data services they are launching this summer.

A spokesperson for Vodafone told The Financial Times: "Huawei's 5G handset is yet to receive the necessary certifications."

Whilst Marc Allera, CEO of the BT Group's consumer brands - which EE is a branch of - said: "Until we get the information and confidence that gives us the long term surety that our customers, when they buy those devices, are going to be supported for the lifetime they've got the device with us ... we've put those devices on pause."

This comes after Google announced that some of the newer smartphones will likely be unable to use certain Google Play apps.

Google said in a statement that they were simply "complying with the order and reviewing the implications".

They added "For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices."

Whilst Huawei reassured owners of their handsets and Honor smartphones that they will still upkeep their "safe and sustainable software".

They said: "We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally."

This means that current Huawei phones will still have access to apps such as YouTube, but when the next version of Android is released by Google, they may not be available."

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