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UK's BT Group cuts Huawei out of wireless networks

06 December, 2018, 06:56 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • BT will strip Huawei kit from its core 4G network

BT pledged to avoid doing so despite working closely with Huawei since 2005, the FT noted.

The UK's incumbent telco chalked up any inclusion of Huawei kit at the core to its purchase of EE two years ago, telling The Reg: "In 2016, following the acquisition of EE, we began a process to remove Huawei equipment from the core of our 3G and 4G networks, as part of network architecture principles in place since 2006".

Huawei Technologies has signed a contract to upgrade Portugal's No 1 phone network into the 5G standard, giving the Chinese company its 23rd global network client to extend its lead as the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

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

Altice had been working with Huawei since 2016, with a network training programme for the development of a 5G ecosystem in Portugal.

New Zealand and Australia have stopped telecom operators using Huawei's equipment in new 5G networks because they are concerned about possible Chinese government involvement in their communications infrastructure.


The Wall Street Journal in November reported that the USA government was trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from Huawei.

"Huawei will continue to work with Three UK to bring customers more market-leading commercial applications of 5G", Huawei 5G Product Line president Yang Chaobin said.

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. "This is a normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support".

Back in July, the United Kingdom government's National Cyber Security Centre had made two low-priority national security findings and two advisory issues during its annual evaluation of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in the UK.

It said the process was to bring the EE networks into line with the rest of its business rather than a change of policy.

Later, New Zealand rejected Huawei's first 5G bid citing national security risk. "Huawei has a robust cyber security assurance system and a proven track record".

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