Dec 06, 2018 (China Knowledge) - British telecom giant BT Group will be removing Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile operations and will not be using equipment from the Chinese company as it sets up central parts of its new 5G network.
The move came after Australia and New Zealand have both stopped their telecom providers from using Huawei equipment in their new 5G networks. The two countries were concerned about any possible involvement of the Chinese government in Huawei's communication infrastructure. The company, however, ha has reiterated that Beijing has no control over its operation multiple times.
BT had started to remove Huawei equipment back in 2016 when it acquired EE, the largest mobile network operator in the UK. BT stated that the move was more towards integrating EE in its other businesses rather than a change in policy; and the company has not used any Huawei equipment in the core of its fixed-line network since the acquisition of EE.
Huawei has been in Britain for more than 17 years and has its equipment checked and monitored by a company laboratory that is overseen by government and intelligence operators in the UK. The company has also worked with EE to supply it with 3G and 4G network solutions including core network equipment.
The telecom company however released a statement stating that it has a strong cybersecurity system and has a good track record with no cybersecurity related incidents. The move by BT was normal and expected by Huawei and the Chinese company will continue to support BT Group.
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