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Three and Sky Mobile have become the first UK mobile operators to offer Huawei's 5G smartphone to customers as part of the rollout of their new 5G mobile networks. (Yui Mok/PA)
Three and Sky Mobile have become the first UK mobile operators to offer Huawei's 5G smartphone to customers as part of the rollout of their new 5G mobile networks. (Yui Mok/PA)

By Martyn Landi

Three and Sky Mobile have become the first UK mobile operators to offer Huawei's 5G smartphone to customers as part of the rollout of their new 5G mobile networks.

The Chinese firm's Mate 20 X 5G device previously has been left out of the launches of other networks, including EE, Vodafone and O2, over wider concerns around Huawei and its security.

Questions have been raised over Huawei's place in 5G infrastructure, amid fears its equipment could be used to spy on people in the West - an allegation the firm has long denied.

On Monday the Government delayed a final decision on whether the firm would be restricted or banned, saying it had no choice because it is still assessing the impact of US sanctions against the firm.

Huawei equipment is currently still being used in non-essential parts of some operators' 5G networks.

Three announced it will start its 5G network rollout later this year. Sky Mobile said it would begin rolling out its 5G in November in six towns and cities.

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