British telco to strip China's Huawei from core networks, limit 5G access

Donna Miller
December 6, 2018

Huawei-built phone masts and peripheral things like that can stay, but BT has a long-standing commitment in place to not use equipment from the supplier at the very core of its network, due to the unspecified potential security risks of handing an overseas company the keys to your whole network.

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. 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.

"We're applying these same principles to our current request for proposal for 5G core infrastructure". "Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network, and a valued innovation partner". As a result, Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for.

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

Apparently there's an "internal policy to keep the Chinese company's equipment at the edge of telecoms infrastructure", claims the report, and BT's move is now in alignment with said policy.

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 chief of Britain's foreign intelligence services said this week that 5G reliance on Chinese technology was something Britain needed to discuss.

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Huawei was founded by a former officer in the People's Liberation Army and questions have been raised about the firm's links to the Chinese state.

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Huawei is faced with allegations from certain western countries that the Chinese government uses its hardware to spy on its adversaries.

The Shenzhen-based company said it had been working with BT for nearly 15 years, and since the beginning of its partnership, BT had been operating on a principle of different vendors for different layers of its network.

"Since the beginning of this partnership, BT has operated on a principle of different vendors for different network layers".

"Huawei is aware of a range of USA 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".

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