BT will strip Huawei kit from its core 4G network

Joanna Estrada
December 5, 2018

BT has also excluded Huawei from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core 5G network, it said.

BT Group, formerly British Telecom, has made a decision to not only strip Huawei of its core 4G network but also close the door on any future 5G plans.

New Zealand and Australia have stopped telecom operators using Huawei's equipment in new 5G networks because they are concerned about possible Chinese government involvement in their communications infrastructure.

"We're applying these same principles to our current RFP for 5G core infrastructure".

Chinese companies such as the telecoms giant Huawei could spy on Western consumers thanks to their dominance of the technology behind the new 5G superfast mobile network, a United States congressional commission has warned.

As part of an "extraordinary outreach campaign", U.S. officials have reportedly reached out to their government counterparts and telecom executives in European and Asian countries where Huawei equipment is already in use, warning them about the "national security risks" posed by the Chinese firm.

"Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network, and a valued innovation partner", he added.

BT and Huawei were not immediately available for comments.

It said the process was to bring the EE networks into line with the rest of its business rather than a change of policy.

Huawei has previously promoted its partnership with BT, and as recently as February issued a press release that said the two were working together on the "development and live trials" of 5G core network technologies.

"This is a normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support".

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