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Huawei 5G makes way into 46 commercial contracts in 30 countries

Huawei 5G makes way into 46 commercial contracts in 30 countries

However, some operators, such as EE and Vodaphone in Britain, have announced they are skipping Huawei smartphones as they launch their 5G services.

Chinese telecom company Huawei will not be banned from operating a fifth-generation (5G) mobile telecoms network in Brazil, Vice President Hamilton Mourao has said.

According to the evaluation, with a ban in place, mobile operators would face delays of up to 18 months in getting the next-generation 5G network out to their customers.

That implies significant costs and delays should operators not be able to use Huawei and ZTE, GSMA said, though it noted the situation from one European Union country to the next differed markedly.

European rivals Ericsson of Sweden and Nokia of Finland, as well as South Korea's Samsung, do not have the capacity to handle all of the shift from 3G and 4G networks to 5G in Europe while honouring contracts already signed in North America and Asia, it said.

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Commenting on the ministry's announcement, Huawei said it will "fully support" the Chinese operators to build 5G.

Huawei is caught in the intensifying trade war between China and the U.S. after President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Dollars 200 billion on Chinese goods, prompting Beijing to hike duties on USD 60 billion in American products.

Over the past few months, the Chinese telecom giant has faced allegations that it has been spying on behalf of Chinese authorities and stealing commercial information.

Aside from that, United States had also been putting pressures on its European allies to cut ties with the tech giants, over allegations that the Huawei telecom network could be used by Beijing on espionage goal, an accusation the Chinese company had repeatedly denied.

The Shenzhen-headquartered firm, which is under enormous pressure after the United States issued the ban warning that Huawei systems could be manipulated by Beijing to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications, made the announcement on Thursday in a press statement.