UK’s BT Group Plc will be removing Huawei Technologies Co’s equipment from its core 4G network within two years, the Financial Times reported.
This move by BT, as reported by Financial times, will bring its mobile phone business in line with an internal policy to keep the Chinese company’s equipment at the edge of telecoms infrastructure.
The paper said that BT has also barred Huawei from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core 5G network.
However, Huawei’s kit will still be used by BT in what it considers to be benign parts of the network, such as equipment on masts, FT said.
The Wall Street Journal in November had reported that the U.S. government was trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from Huawei. Later, New Zealand rejected Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk.
Earlier this year, Australia too banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment, also citing security risks.