UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches

  • In this May 21, 2019, photo, Huwaei's new products are on display during a news conference in Tokyo. Two Japanese mobile carriers are delaying the sale of new smartphones from Huawei as they confirm the safety of the Chinese products. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)

    In this May 21, 2019, photo, Huwaei's new products are on display during a news conference in Tokyo. Two Japanese mobile carriers are delaying the sale of new smartphones from Huawei as they confirm the safety of the Chinese products. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP) Associated Press

  • 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.

    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. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/22/2019 7:29 AM

LONDON -- British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from U.S. tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company.

Britain's EE and Vodafone and Japan's KDDI and Y! Mobile said they are pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones, including some that can be used on next generation mobile networks, amid uncertainty about devices from the world's No. 2 smartphone maker.

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The U.S. government last week restricted technology sales to Chinese telecom gear suppliers because of alleged security risks, though a 90-day grace period was given to telecom carriers to let them find other suppliers. The sales ban is part of a broader trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Vodafone said in a statement that it's "pausing pre-orders" for the Mate 20X, Huawei's first phone for 5G networks, as "a temporary measure while uncertainty exists regarding new Huawei 5G devices."

EE 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. The company was also set to sell the Mate 20X followed by Huawei's Mate X folding handset.

EE said it's working with Huawei and Google to make sure it "can carry out the right level of testing and quality assurance."

Y! Mobile, owned by Japanese technology company Softbank, said sales of the Huawei P30 lite, set for May 24, have been delayed, and advance orders were canceled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

SoftBank spokesman Hiroyuki Mizukami said the company wants its "customers to feel safe using our products."

KDDI also indefinitely delayed its sales, initially set for late May.

It's unclear when the companies would lift the sales freezes.

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