BT will strip Huawei kit from its core 4G network

Huawei Equipment deployed across its core 4G network

Huawei Equipment deployed across its core 4G network

The British firm, however, still plans to use the Chinese company's phone mast antennas and other products deemed not to be at the "core" of the service.

BT and Huawei said today that reports the Chinese kit-maker's products would not be used on EE's 3G and 4G core mobile ops - and that it was out of the running for any bids for the 5G core - should surprise no one.

BT is quietly shaming Huawei in a major way, by spending vast sums on refitting the entire EE 4G network to lessen its reliance on hardware provided by the upcoming Chinese mobile specialist.

"We need to decide the extent to which we are going to be comfortable with Chinese ownership of these technologies", MI6 chief Alex Younger told students at St Andrews University in Scotland.

In 2010, the British government, Huawei and telecom operators, including BT, established the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board, based in Banbury.

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".

"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", a company spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement.

It has also been reported that the USA is urging its allies to take similar actions.

Under apparent pressure from the U.S. government, both Australia and New Zealand have recently taken steps to exclude Huawei and its smaller Chinese competitor ZTE Corp.

Britain's BT Group Plc will remove Huawei Technologies Co's equipment from its core 4G network within two years, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

The US, Australian and New Zealand governments have all moved to block Huawei from supplying their 5G networks.

BT has has long made use of Huawei's equipment within its fixed-line network, having signed a pioneering contract with the supplier in 2005.

BT Group's capital expenditure was £1.833 billion in H1 fiscal 2018-19 vs £1.693 billion in H1 2017-18 including network investment of £988 million.

In July this year, the oversight board said it could provide "only limited assurance" that all risks to national security from Huawei's involvement in United Kingdom networks have been sufficiently mitigated.

But, if the risks are as significant as the warnings claim they are, it also raises questions over the government's role in supervising the deployment of Huawei infrastructure throughout the UK.

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