BT bans Huawei from 5G core

BT will strip Huawei devices from its 4G network over the next two years

BT will strip Huawei devices from its 4G network over the next two years Credit Reuters

A spokesman said: "Huawei has been working with BT for nearly 15 years".

Younger said that Britain needs to innovate faster than countries like China and questioned the country's reliance on Chinese hardware, saying that Britain needed to decide how comfortable it is "with Chinese ownership of these technologies".

"This is an extremely disappointing result for consumers", a Huawei Australia spokesperson said. The two countries were concerned about any possible involvement of the Chinese government in Huawei's communication infrastructure.

Huawei agreed that the decision is "a normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support", despite EE extending its 5G partnership with Huawei to cover live trials of 5G New Radio (NR) and customer premises equipment (CPE) back in February. Huawei's competitors surely aren't too bothered by the storyline, but are careful to keep their own hands clean given their interest in serving the Chinese market.

What happened: British telecommunications company BT Group said it will not use Huawei's equipment in the central parts of its 5G network. The U.S., Australia and New Zealand have all barred Huawei from participating in their 5G networks due to national security concerns. It had revenue of £72 billion a year ago.

However, BT's spokesperson insists the moves to exclude Huawei are not a knee-jerk reaction to the latest developments.

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Huawei plays a key role in the "last mile" technology that delivers superfast broadband from the pavement to some 20 million homes across the UK.

Telecom giant Huawei Technologies suffered a new setback in Britain as its equipment got frozen out for use in leading carrier BT Group PLC's core networks, even as the controversial company won a smaller victory with reaffirmation for its products from Portugal.

Following a review, former defence secretary Malcolm Rifkind suggested that the cyber security experts should not be appointed by Huawei, and recommended that GCHQ play a role.

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

In 2010, the British government, Huawei and telecom operators, including BT, established the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board, based in Banbury.

In the July report, the HCSEC oversight board identified "technical issues" in Huawei's engineering processes, which it said could cause "new risks in the United Kingdom telecommunications networks".

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