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Vodafone uses Huawei decision as pretext for another moan about auctions

UK telco group Vodafone has long been one of the biggest opponents of banning Huawei. After the recent decision it is still trying to snatch victory form the jaws of defeat.

‘Vodafone wants 5G auction to be scrapped after Huawei move’, reads the FT headline, derived from a brief conversation with Vodafone UK boss Nick Jeffery. The pretext for the sentiment seems to be residual resentment at the extra cost of swapping out Huawei gear as a result of the recent UK government change of heart.

“Now is the time to consider a new way to manage these auctions,” Jeffrey told the FT, which they buried at the end of the story for some reason. “There is little point in operators owning spectrum if we don’t have the money to use it. History teaches us that from the 3G auctions.”

While Jeffery may have a point about the shameless cash grab perpetrated by the state every time a new generation of mobile communications becomes available, it’s fair to question why he has decided to resurrect that topic this week. Maybe it could have something to do with Vodafone’s persistent protestations about how ruinously expensive any Huawei ban will be to it.

Jeffery’s solution seems to be for the state to allocate spectrum as it becomes available, rather than getting operators to bid against each other in an auction. This would undoubtedly lower the cost for operators, but it’s not obvious why the UK government would suddenly choose to forgo such an easy windfall for the treasury. What does seem clear, however, is that Vodafone feels it is owed compensation from the Huawei decision, so the moaning should continue for some time yet.

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7 comments

  1. Avatar Susie 17/07/2020 @ 7:56 am

    It’s all been politicized,because of US,Huawei is just too secure to be spied for US,that’s why they ban it.No wonder people now are all talking science does have border,in future,any country can do the same,even they can’t find any evidence.

    • Avatar JD 17/07/2020 @ 10:32 am

      Yeah! The security issues were all made up! The real issue here is there’s no back door for US to spy on!

    • Avatar ladakhchina 17/07/2020 @ 11:17 am

      yes!is all the garbage!huawei big big victim no need the ban!rubbish country usa india uk australia say huawei spy on the muslim in xinjiang and help keep them in the prison but all the muslim is the terrorist!maybe if usa use the huawei to spy on black and make them love the usa govenment more and be like china put them in the camp until they love the govenment.chinese nation race superior and we stop all the muslim in good way use the huawei.

      • Avatar Sui Chaun 18/07/2020 @ 6:15 am

        First sentence fine…then you went full retard, never go full retard mate!

  2. Avatar shani 17/07/2020 @ 9:57 am

    if Huawei is unsafe for US then how Google’s Android and Facebook can be secure for rest of the world….. all politics US still not ready to respect the Chinese technological gains and all these bans will make the world bi polar…

  3. Avatar Wonkyu Lee 19/07/2020 @ 3:59 am

    China has a long history of cheating. They put the cheating the second highest social norm next to the unlimited royalty to their corrupted government. They were raised to be a skillful cheater and practice while they are studying abroad.
    Once they have become a master, they recruit locals to sell their product internationally.

    https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/ucla-cheating/

    In 2018 a professor at UC Santa Barbara told the Los Angeles Times that Chinese students comprise 6 percent of the student body but account for a third of plagiarism cases

    Few suggest that Chinese students, who make up a third of all international students in the U.S., cheat at higher rates than students from other foreign countries.

    In 2016 Reuters reported that the University of Iowa was investigating at least 30 students—most, if not all, believed to be Chinese—over allegations of cheating.

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