Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

BT will strip Huawei kit from its core 4G network

BT will strip Huawei kit from its core 4G network

The decision comes as governments increase their scrutiny of Huawei equipment ahead of rolling out 5G, the next generation mobile communication technology that promise faster download speeds and better connections.

"Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network, and a valued innovation partner", he added.

British telecommunications giant BT has confirmed it is removing Huawei equipment from key areas of its 4G network, as concerns continue to be raised about the Chinese firm's presence in telecoms infrastructure.

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.

"We're applying these same principles to our current RFP (request for proposal) for 5G core infrastructure". Australia earlier this year, and New Zealand more recently, have rejected Huawei's bid to suply 5G network infrastructure hardware, stating national security as the main reason.

Across the Atlantic, Canada's justice ministry reported that Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested, but details regarding the arrest are still scarce.

Wall Street Journal in November reported that the USA government will be asking wireless and internet providers in friendly countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from Huawei.

Therefore, using its technology to build the national 5G network is considered a "threat to national security".

"It's not about the country, it's not even particularly about the company, it's about the technology that is proposed", New Zealand's intelligence agency minister Andrew Little said.

BT's announcement follows United Kingdom foreign intelligence services chief saying earlier this week that using Chinese technology for 5G was something the nation needed to discuss. It is a "normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support", Huawei 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.

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

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