Workers clean the front of the new Huawei flagship store due to open soon in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The Trump administration sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips face a drop in sales, and Huawei's smartphone sales could get decimated with the anticipated loss of Google's popular software and services. (AP Photo/Paul White)

UK mobile operators suspend launch of Huawei 5G phones

May 22, 2019 - 7:29 am

LONDON (AP) — Two British mobile phone companies say they're putting on hold plans to sell new 5G mobile phones from China's Huawei.

EE and Vodafone said Wednesday they are pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones that can be used on next generation mobile networks.

The companies said they are holding off amid uncertainty about devices from the world's No. 2 smartphone maker.

The U.S. government last week restricted technology sales to Chinese telecom gear suppliers because of alleged security risks, though Washington announced a 90-day grace period for telecom carriers to find other suppliers.

EE's CEO Marc Allera said sales would not resume until it gets "the information and confidence and the long-term security" that customers will be supported over the device's lifetime.

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