Anonymous suggestions that the UK Government regrets having engaged Huawei as a major supplier for their telecom industry look less credible by the day. As I outlined in my previous blog “UK is still all the way with Huawei”, the facts and public record just don’t support such notions in any way.
We now have the news that BT has just awarded Huawei a new contract (along with Nokia) to deliver its new “fibre-first’ plan to deliver Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) to three million homes in the UK by 2020.
It seems they are just wallowing in regret.
Huawei is continuing to deliver the UK’s NBN equivalent as it has done for close to a decade: safely, securely and without any issues. And now we have Huawei continuing to win new contracts.
It is not only in the fixed line area that Huawei is being embraced by the Brits. Earlier this year BT Group and Huawei signed an agreement to focus on ensuring 5G leadership for BT and its mobile network, EE.
The partnership involves development and live trials of 5G New Radio (NR) and 5G customer premises equipment (CPEs). The aim is to test real-life 5G performance in a range of environments in preparation for commercial launch.
BT and EE have a long-standing strategic partnership with Huawei that has delivered world-class connectivity across the UK. In 2012, EE and Huawei launched the UK’s first 4G/LTE network (Just like Huawei launched Australia’s first 4G network).
Since then, both companies have worked in close partnership and have jointly achieved several industry records with LTE-advanced and LTE-advanced-Pro evolution. The most recent achievement was a peak rate of 970Mbps tested on EE’s network at Wembley Stadium with a Huawei Mate 10-pro handset, the fastest speed ever recorded on a commercial network.
“Our 5G research has been hugely promising, and this partnership with Huawei will turn that research into reality. The EE network is already the UK leader for speed and coverage, and with the weight of BT’s R&D and partnerships we can ensure that leadership continues with the introduction a world class 5G experience. Huawei has helped us drive the evolution of the EE 4G network, and they are the ideal partner to help us push the barriers of 5G.”
Yep it seems they are just full of regret…