London— Four major Japanese and British mobile carriers said on Wednesday they will delay releasing new 5G handsets made by Huawei amid a US-led crackdown on the Chinese tech firm over security concerns. Telecoms firm EE, owned by BT, was due to bring Huawei’s first 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20X, to Britain, but the Chinese company’s involvement in the country’s telecoms has become politically controversial. EE CEO Marc Allera said that the company had “paused” the launch of Huawei’s 5G phones “until we get the information and confidence and the long-term security that our customers ... are going to be supported”. The group said it would phase out the use of Huawei equipment in its network infrastructure. Vodafone soon followed suit, announcing it was suspending pre-orders of Huawei 5G handsets.

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