Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
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BT will remove Huawei 4G equipment and excludes company from 5G bids

BT will remove Huawei 4G equipment and excludes company from 5G bids

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.

The latest hurdle Huawei is facing is in the United Kingdom, where BT Group Plc chose to remove all Huawei 4G network equipment within two years.

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

Despite stripping the company's equipment from its network and banning it from bidding for 5G frequencies, a BT spokesman said that Huawei remains an "important equipment provider and a valued innovation partner".

BT, which does not use Huawei kit in its fixed 21st Century IP core network, told The Reg that EE's 3G and 4G network still use Huawei equipment in the Enhanced Packet Core (EPC).

Huawei is facing more and more setbacks when it comes to its network infrastructure hardware.

In a statement, the United Kingdom telecoms company confirmed it is in the process of removing Huawei equipment from the key parts of its 3G and 4G networks to meet an existing internal policy not to have the Chinese firm at the centre of its infrastructure.


He said that the United Kingdom would have to make "some decisions" about such firms after other governments had taken steps to block the firm.

The statement from BT has come amid comments made by the chief of Britain's foreign intelligence services this week that 5G reliance on Chinese technology was something the United Kingdom government needed to discuss.

Huawei has always denied any improper links to the Chinese government.

The revelations follow security concerns which were ramped up by a recent report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which alleged Huawei and other Chinese 5G equipment manufacturers could be vulnerable to state influence from Beijing. This agreement remains in place today.

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 is aware of a range of U.S. government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei's business in the United States market", the Chinese firm said earlier this year.

"Working together, we have already completed a number of successful 5G trials across different sites in London, and we will continue to work with BT in the 5G era", a company spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement.

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