BT to remove Huawei equipment from its core 4G network

BT bars Huawei’s 5G kit from core of network

BT bars Huawei’s 5G kit from core of network

BT and Huawei were not immediately available for comments. But when BT bought EE it inconveniently acquired a 4G network built with Huawei's data packet technology at the very core of its operations, so it's out in the vans for the engineers to strip it out and replace it all - a task that could take as long as two years.

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

The report, which cites a company spokesperson, claims the move will bring BT's mobile phone business in line with an internal policy to keep the Chinese company's equipment at the edge of telecoms infrastructure.

"As a result, Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core", a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Huawei will still be enabled on its 5G Radio Access Network.

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BT has made an investment of £1.833 billion (+8 percent) towards Capex (capital expenditure) during April-September 2018.

The privately held Chinese company said it began working with mobile network operator EE in 2012, and had supplied the carrier with 3G and 4G network solutions, including core network equipment. The maximum capacity 4G sites in the UK's busiest hotspots lay the foundation for 5G network switch on in 2019, EE said.

The US, Australia and New Zealand have all moved to bar Huawei's equipment from 5G networks, and the head of the UK's secret service, Alex Younger, warned this week that the United Kingdom must decide whether to do the same.

A November Wall Street Journal report claimed that the USA called upon its close allies to avoid purchasing and using network equipment from the Chinese manufacturer.

A recent report to the US congress by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission suggested the Chinese government "exerts strong influence over its firms", and could "force Chinese suppliers or manufacturers to modify products to perform below expectations or fail, facilitate state or corporate espionage, or otherwise compromise the confidentiality, integrity, or availability" of devices and networks that use them. Earlier this year, Australia too banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment, also citing security risks. Recently, T-Mobile selected both Ericsson and Nokia in two 5G equipment deals worth $3.5 billion each.

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