The world's second largest mobile operator said Friday that it is pausing the installation of Huawei equipment in its core networks in Europe, given the political uncertainty surrounding the Chinese telecoms firm.
Huawei maintains that its products do not pose a security risk, and that it has no mention of the Chinese government.
He noted that Huawei is a key company in the telecoms equipment market, and said that the debate about the Chinese firm was taking place at a "simplistic level".
Vodafone's Read warned that there was a "complete ban" on all Huawei network equipment, "it would be a huge issue for us and the whole European telecommunications sector "and significantly delay the rollout or 5G networks.
A Huawei spokesman said in a statement Friday that the company" is focused on supporting Vodafone's 5G network rollouts, or which the core is a small proportion."
"We are grateful to Vodafone for its support or Huawei," he added.