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July 12, 2020
4G & 5G Costs For Customers To Skyrocket As Huawei Rip & Replace Going Global

“To get to zero in a three-year period would literally mean blackouts for customers on 4G and 2G, as well as 5G, throughout the country,” said Howard Watson, BT’s chief technology and information officer.

He explained the logistics involved in bringing in cranes and shutting off streets to replace masts, base stations and other Huawei equipment meant that the only way to meet the timespan would be to switch over multiple sites in an area at the same time.

3G signals would not be affected as the EE network uses Nokia kit to provide that service.

Vodafone made a similar case - it uses Huawei’s kit in its 2G, 3G. 4G and 5G networks.

“[Customers] would lose their signal, sometimes for a couple of days, depending on how big or how intrusive the work to be carried out is,” said Andrea Dona, Vodafone UK’s head of networks. “I would say a five-year transition time would be the minimum,” Mr Watson added: “A minimum of five years, ideally seven.”

We hinted that this was going to happen and would be bigger than just 5G

You’ll see that we said : “ What happens if governments say “remove Huawei from 4G infrastructure?“ in our most recent posting here : and here

Now it looks like the UK is saying rip and replace all Huawei gear that is in your network for 3G, 4G and 5G

We know here in Canada that one or more of the Canadian operators would be affected by this same protocol.

Clearly British Telecom (BT) and Vodafone are impacted with BT saying that this affects 4G and 5G, but Vodafone saying that this will affect 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G.

The operators are correct in saying that the financial consequences of doing this are simply dire….

The regulators are going to have to play ball and reverse their desire for unsustainable price competition and also due to the explosion of network traffic that has never been properly planned due to the fact that all network planning for the last 30+ years has been based on Monday to Friday 9 to 5 pm 60%+ (labour force participaton rate) of each country’s workforce was working from the office.

4G & 5G Costs For Customers To Skyrocket As Huawei Rip & Replace Going Global