The ban that the U.S. has imposed on Huawei has had repercussions around the world, whether in the smartphone business or 5G networks. After several countries have already refused to use Chinese equipment, they are now the main national operators to take a similar position.

MEO, Vodafone and NOS recently confirmed to the Reuters agency that they will not use Huawei technology in the core of their 5G networks. This means that none of them will use servers, routers or gateways developed by the Chinese giant.

Speaking to Reuters, a NOS spokesman stresses that the operator will not use Huawei equipment on the core of its 5G networks. Consequently, it is looking for the best partners to meet its needs in this field.


Vodafone UK, on the other hand, acted in accordance with what other branches of the operator have already decided. It is worth remembering that the British subsidiary of the operated company has long announced that it would not use Huawei’s network equipment on the core of its 5G networks.

UK’s government had no influence on this decision

Faced with this news, the minister of infrastructure, Pedro Nuno Santos, told Reuters that the government has nothing to do with the position of the main national operators. He stresses that “there are no problems a priori” on the part of the government towards any manufacturer.

Pedro Nuno Santos also adds that the UK’s government is aligned with the European position regarding the situation involving Huawei and its influence on 5G networks. In addition, the minister adds that a working group created by the government concluded that there are no problems with any supplier, in particular, for 5G networks.

Spying problems are at the root of the problem

It never hurts to remember that it all started with the American fear that Huawei was providing data from its users to the Chinese government. A practice that Chinese technology quickly denied.

The United States has redoubled efforts to convince its allies to take a similar position. As already mentioned, UK did not take a position against Huawei, but the effects of the American decision are already beginning to be felt in national territory.

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