Vodafone, Universities and Prince Charles's Charity Latest to Back Away from Huawei

Vodafone, Universities and Prince Charles's Charity Latest to Back Away from Huawei

Vodafone CEO Nick Read said his company would still buy radio equipment - the stuff that goes on masts, to connect people's phones to the core network - from Huawei, however.

Huawei's woes just keep piling up, as more companies and organizations get nervous about using the Chinese firm's gear or even accepting its donations.

Chinese telecommunications hardware giant Huawei said it could become the world's largest seller of smartphones in 2019, without the help of the USA market and despite growing security concerns. Huawei has said the allegation is unfounded.

"We have chose to pause further Huawei in our core whilst we engage with the various agencies and governments and Huawei just to finalize the situation, of which I feel Huawei is really open and working hard", Read said. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from their telecom networks, citing fears that China could use its equipment for spying, something its executives have denied.

The move follows continued pressure from the United States to prevent the use of Huawei equipment in broadband and telecoms networks.

Huawei said it sold more than 206 million smartphone handsets in 2018 as well as 100 million other. Meng has maintained that Huawei had no connection or involvement.

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A Huawei spokesperson said: "Vodafone and Huawei are long-term strategic partners that have worked together since 2007".

The growth, which came on the back of strong demand for Huawei's premium model smartphone, has led to the company's consumer business unit overtaking carrier business as its largest segment of sales, Huawei's head of the consumer division Richard Yu said.

Analysts had expected growth of 0.3 percent.

Vodafone said, however, that competition in the Spanish and Italian markets had moderated through the quarter and it improved its level of churn, or the number of customers leaving, by two percentage points year-on-year.

But he said the signs of improvement underpinned confidence in Vodafone's full-year guidance.

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