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Britain's largest telco removes Huawei equipment from 4G network

Britain's largest telco removes Huawei equipment from 4G network

This latest blow for Huawei will also see the firm excluded from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in BT's core 5G network, although BT will continue to use the firm's kit in "benign" parts of its network, such as equipment on masts.

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.

The move comes amid efforts by Washington to convince allies that using Huawei equipment poses a national security risk due to alleged ties to the People's Liberation Army. Later, New Zealand rejected Huawei's first 5G bid citing national security risk.

Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones.

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

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

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




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

"This is a normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support", it said in a statement.

"We have never had a cyber security-related incident", it said.

The report said the Chinese government could force companies to make products perform below expectations, facilitate "state or corporate espionage" or compromise the confidentiality of networks using them.

Fellow UK mobile carrier Three last month also announced that it is working with Huawei on a 5G home broadband demo in London.

Meanwhile, back to the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada, it is thought that the major reason for the arrest may be the suspected violation of sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

Chinese officials said Canada and the U.S. had yet to clarify their reason for the arrest but sources have suggest United States authorities had been monitoring Huawei, the world's largest telecoms equipment maker, since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of USA export and sanctions laws.