The Financial Times has reported that BT will remove Huawei Technologies equipment from its core 4G network within two years. BT has also excluded Huawei from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its 5G network.
BT has worked with Huawei for more than 10 years but avoided using it for the most central parts of its network. This wasn’t the case with its mobile network.
The approach will also be applied in BT’s next-generation 5G mobile network, for which it is procuring equipment. “We’re applying these same principles to our current requests for proposals for 5G core infrastructure. As a result, Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core,” the spokesman said.
Huawei suffered a setback in the US market in 2012 when a congressional report said it posed a security risk and warned phone companies not to buy its equipment.