Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

BT strips Huawei kit from its network

BT strips Huawei kit from its network

Governments in the US, New Zealand and Australia have already moved to block the use of Huawei's equipment as part of the future roll-out of 5G networks.

BT Group said that it will remove Huawei gear from the core of existing 3G and 4G networks and will not use it for coming 5G operations, according to a report from Reuters on Wednesday.

The last time HEXUS reported on concerns about Chinese owned Huawei and ZTE was back in 2012, when the United States government and U.S. companies were urged to stop participating in projects with these companies due as the "pose a significant threat to national security". As a result, Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core.

BT has also excluded Huawei, the # telecom network maker, from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core 5G network.

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

In a statement shared by ISP Review, Huawei responded to the BT news by saying it has "never had a cyber security related incident", since starting to work with EE in 2012 and that it had "earned the trust of our partners across the global value chain".

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The Wall Street Journal reported the U.S. government was trying to persuade companies in allied countries to avoid Huawei. "She is sought for extradition by the United States , and a bail hearing has been set for Friday".

We reported last month that Washington was pressuring allied countries to drop Huawei over suspicions of its ties to the Chinese government, and it seems to have worked.

Huawei and EE had in November 2017 also demonstrated separate uplink-downlink (UL/DL) decoupling technology across a 5G-LTE network deployment in London.

The FT said BT in 2005 became one of the first companies outside China to sign a landmark supply agreement with Huawei. EE has been continuing its pre-planned rollout of 4G - which uses the Chinese firm's kit - subsequent to the acquisition.

But it had to resume actively removing Huawei from the 3G and 4G networks used by the EE telecoms company it acquired in 2016.

Such concerns are front of mind for many just two days after Alex Younger, head of the UK's foreign intelligence agency, MI6, told a crowd of students at St Andrews: "We need to decide the extent to which we are going to be comfortable with Chinese ownership of these technologies and these platforms in an environment where some of our allies have taken quite a definite position".

It changed its name and was privatised between 1991 and 1993.

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