"Given that, we have made a decision to pause further Huawei in our core whilst we engage with the various agencies and governments and Huawei just to finalise the situation, of which I feel Huawei is really open and working hard", he said after Vodafone reported third-quarter numbers.
Huawei's woes just keep piling up, as more companies and organizations get nervous about using the Chinese firm's gear or even accepting its donations.
Huawei will reveal the world's first 5G smartphone with a foldable display at Mobile World Congress next month.
Vodafone has "paused" the use of Huawei equipment in its core networks across Europe because of the debate about security concerns involving the Chinese telecoms giant. Huawei fired the man, who has denied wrongdoing. "We are taking this moment to pause Huawei further building the core, only in Europe, while we engage with security agencies, government and Huawei".
Reuters reported on Thursday that the arrest may have put Huawei out of the running to supply equipment for Poland's future 5G network.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported Thursday that many US universities - including the University of California at Berkeley and UC San Diego - are removing Huawei equipment and shunning its cash.
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Speaking to Bloomberg, Vodafone CEO Nick Read said there is a lot of "noise" around governments banning Huawei network equipment and the facts need to be established.
Carriers are becoming wary of expanding their ties to Huawei amid a USA -led crackdown on the largest telecom-equipment supplier.
It comes as the United States and its allies restrict market access for Huawei, alleging its products could be used by China for espionage. United Kingdom -based Vodafone, one of the world's biggest mobile carriers, uses Huawei in the core of its Spanish network and some other smaller markets, Read said.
Vodafone said competition in the Spanish and Italian markets had moderated through the quarter.
Vodafone's reiterated its guidance for this year of around 3 per cent growth in underlying adjusted core earnings, with free cash flow before spectrum costs of about 5.4 billion euros.