back to article Vodafone CEO: We will elbow Chinese firm Huawei from our European core networks

Vodafone will strip Huawei gear out of its core network across Europe at a cost of €200m following last week's fresh guidelines about the use of so-called "high risk vendors" from the UK government and the European Union. In a conference call with journalists this morning, the company's chief exec, Nick Read, said the decision …

  1. Tomislav

    5 years?

    So they will simply wait until the equipment has reached it's usual EOL and then replace it with something not made by Huawei. Sounds sensible, but I fail to see where is the 200m cost since this is something they would do anyway...

    1. MiguelC Silver badge

      Re: 5 years?

      Perhaps competitor's kit is 200m more expensive than Huawei's equivalent?

      1. Automatic

        Re: 5 years?

        The exec's garages aren't going to fill themselves up with Porsches you know?

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Re: 5 years?

      200m is what they expect to charge customers under their new 5g rate plans.

  2. alain williams Silver badge

    What Vodafone should really do

    is to actually hire UK based expertise to run its own networks and not outsource to companies in other countries. Eg IBM & EDS, IBM (more if I could be bothered to search more). However they are all at it.

    If you give people in other countries the keys to your network then you can't really complain if they use them. This is as much a comment about Huawei as Cisco, Ericsson, IBM, ...

    If the UK government was serious about security this is what they would push for. It would have the added bonus of creating skilled jobs here.

    A nice overview.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "slow mobile growth in Italy"

    I don't know if selling 5G plans capped at 2Mb/s is a great move... sure, no data cap, but good luck downloading much at 2Mb/s.... wasn't 5G about speed?

    1. Gordon 10

      Re: "slow mobile growth in Italy"

      How wrong you are Sir!

      Its about Edge Networking, IOT, something something $PROFIT$

      mere speed sir? Pshaw and poppycock!

    2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: wasn't 5G about speed?

      Only in the marketing guff to convince politicians and sheeple that it had to be done - politicians for the subsidies, sheeple for the subscriptions.

      Once you're signed up, it's all about keeping you down to manageable rates and at minimal cost.

      Go ahead and delay 5G ; it's not like 5G would have changed anything for the user anyway.

      1. Venerable and Fragrant Wind of Change

        Re: wasn't 5G about speed?

        5G is about bringing a new generation of connected devices. I'm all in favour if it helps my devices plan their electricity consumption to happen mostly when power is cheap (sometimes £0.00) overnight.

        But it's more than that. It's about industry developing that new generation of devices - and the intellectual property that falls out of that. Of course most of the first generation of 5G will be utter dross, but their patents will live on. That's why Trump is so keen to hold Europe and Asia back. Delay deployment, and you delay the development, leaving US companies more time to grab the lion's share of the IP.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          "plan their electricity consumption to happen"

          Yeah, I really need an oven that cooks pizza at 3am so it's already well cold at lunch... and last time I checked, a timer works even without 5G - if you have to turn on the washing machine in the night. Still, you need an house when it won't keep you awake while running... and anyway, as they are fixed devices at home, they don't really need 5G - wired Ethernet or WiFi works and are even faster - even if you application doesn't require speed or high bandwidth at all. You cold do it on RS-232 as well.

          The real problem is those marvelous "new devices" still fail to materialize - right now the only one are device snooping on people lives - the dream wet of surveillance capitalism - with little or no utility.

          I'm not against 5G per se - I'm really against this hype.

  4. Intractable Potsherd

    Evidence-based decision-making...

    ... this isn't it.

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