BT Prohibits Use Of Huawei Hardware In Its 5G network

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The equipment of Huawei has been prohibited from being used in the 5G mobile network of BT when it goes online in the United Kingdom. The company confirmed the news amid security concerns.

This morning, the Financial Times first reported that the British firm also revealed that it is removing the hardware of Huawei from use in its existing 3G and 4G networks.

In 2016, BT acquired EE for £12.5 billion. EE made use of the equipment of Huawei in its core 3G and 4G mobile networks at the time, however, it has since been working on a programme to remove the said hardware.

A spokesperson from BT stated: “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.”

He added: “We’re applying these same principles to our current RFP for 5G core infrastructure. As a result, Huawei has not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core. Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network and a valued innovation partner.”

The revelations come after the security concerns which were ramped up by a new report by that was released by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. It alleged that Huawei and other 5G equipment manufacturers in China could be vulnerable to state influence from Beijing.

The report said that the government of China could force firms to make products perform below expectations, facilitate “state or corporate espionage,” or even compromise the confidentiality of the networks that use them.

Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America have all moved to ban the equipment of Huawei from their 5G networks. This week, Alex Younger, the head of the secret service of the United Kingdom, also warned that the United Kingdom must decide whether it will do the same.