BT to Remove Huawei Equipment From Its Core 4G Network

Doris Richards
December 5, 2018

The latest hurdle Huawei is facing is in the United Kingdom, where BT Group Plc made a decision to remove all Huawei 4G network equipment within two years.

BT said Huawei's equipment had not been used in the core of its fixed-line network, and it was removing it from the core of the mobile networks it acquired when it bought operator EE.

Huawei, the world's biggest network equipment maker ahead of Ericsson and Nokia, has said Beijing has no influence over its operations.

Despite stripping the company's equipment from its network and banning it from bidding for 5G frequencies, a BT spokesman said that Huawei remains an "important equipment provider and a valued innovation partner".

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.

Recently, Neil McRae, chief architect at British Telecom, said at a telecom event: "Huawei is the only true 5G supplier right now".

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Huawei also made a public statement saying it has already won 22 commercial contracts to supply 5G equipment to telecom operators.

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.

It said the process was to bring the EE networks in line with the rest of its business rather than a change of policy.

It said it began working with EE in 2012, and had supplied the mobile operators with 3G and 4G network solutions, including core network equipment.

However, BT will continue to use Huawei's kit in what it considers to be benign parts of the network, such as equipment on masts, FT said.

Later, New Zealand rejected Huawei's first 5G bid citing national security risk.

We reported last month that Washington was pressuring allied countries to drop Huawei over suspicions of its ties to the Chinese government, and it seems to have worked.

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