BT Group to remove Huawei from 4G network
Move by UK telco adds to the number of countries blocking Huawei telco gear over security fears
British telco BT Group has decided to remove Huawei Technologies equipment from its core 4G network, the Financial Times reports.
BT has also excluded Huawei from bidding for its 5G network. The company said it will continue to include Huawei solutions at edge of networks and in areas like mobile phone masts.
The move is apparently in line with a BT internal policy to keep Huawei equipment at the periphery of telecoms infrastructure. BT is still testing 5G equipment from Huawei, and a spokesman said that Huawei remains an “important equipment provider and a valued innovation partner”, the FT reported.
The move adds to the number of countries that are blocking the use of Huawei telecoms equipment over espionage fears. New Zealand and Australia have rejected Huawei from supplying 5G equipment, citing security risks, and the US government has refused use of its equipment and has also tried to convince allied countries to block Huawei, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In the region, Huawei is working with telcos in Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and other countries on 5G testing and roll out.