BT President: It will take seven years to remove Huawei devices from the 4G network completely

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 BT President: It will take seven years to remove Huawei devices from the 4G network completely


According to previous reports in the Financial Times, BT signed a landmark agreement with Huawei in 2005, making it one of the first companies to use Huawei equipment outside China. In the next year, BT promised not to allow Huawei devices to appear in its core network on the grounds of security issues.

By 2016, BT had purchased EE, another British telecommunications company, for 12.5 billion, which failed to fulfil its commitment because its 3G and 4G networks were equipped with Huawei devices. Because of Huawei equipment, EE has launched the first 4G network in the UK.

But last December, following the U.S. step of putting Huawei on the entity list, BT re-mentioned security issues and excluded Huawei from the bidding list for its core 5G network equipment supply contract. In the future, the company will only use Huawei equipment, such as antenna tower-related equipment, which it considers less important in the network.

BT also said it would remove Huawei devices from its core 4G network within two years to bring its mobile phone business into line with its internal policy of using Huawei devices outside its telecommunications infrastructure.

In March this year, the European Commission announced a legal proposal on 5G network security, which does not include a ban on Huawei, a Chinese equipment supplier.

At that time, Huawei issued a statement saying it welcomed the objective and balanced approach taken by the European Commission and understood the concerns of European regulators about network security.

According to the Washington Post, the introduction of the security proposal is clearly a setback for the United States, as the Trump administration has been lobbying European allies to boycott Huawei on the grounds of security threats.

On the 10th of this month, after 28 EU countries completed their 5G network security assessment, the European Commission released the overall security risk assessment report, which also did not include the prohibition of Huawei and did not name Huawei as a so-called threat.

EU released 5g security risk assessment report without mentioning Huaweis threat

On October 9, local time, the European Commission released its overall security risk assessment report on the threats faced by the 5G network after 28 EU countries completed their 5G network security assessment.

It is noteworthy that, as part of the 5G proposal adopted by the EU in March this year, the report also does not include the prohibition of Huawei, nor does it name Huawei as a so-called threat.