BT to phase out Huawei Equipment deployed across its core 4G network

BT will strip Huawei devices from its 4G network over the next two years

'Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core.

BT acquired telecoms firm EE in 2016 and will use its existing network to launch a national 5G rollout.

Huawei is a world leader in equipment used to build phone networks, and was heavily involved in building the 4G networks in Britain.

Earlier this week intelligence service MI6's chief Alex Younger said Britain needed to decide how comfortable it was using Chinese-owned technologies within its communications infrastructure.

In 2010, a special facility in Banbury was set up by the British government, Huawei and telecom operators to review the Chinese hardware firm's kit. There are also questions about how independent of state influence any large Chinese company can be.

Huawei will supply the equipment and software for Altice Portugal to upgrade its network to support commercially applicable 5G standards by 2019, the Shenzhen-based gear maker said in a press statement.

The telecom giant Huawei's relations with the West have always been dogged by concerns that its remarkable economic success selling affordable consumer gadgetry has hidden a secret and darker mission as a hi-tech spying tool of Beijing.

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Huawei - one of the world's largest mobile equipment and service providers - has always been under scrutiny over its allegedly close ties to China's state intelligence services.

"Huawei has been working with BT for nearly 15 years", a Huawei spokesperson said.

"Working together, we have already completed a number of successful 5G trials across different sites in London, and we will continue to work with BT in the 5G era", a company spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. The group's shares, however, are outperforming the FTSE 100, which now stands 1.48 percent in the red following news that Canadian authorities had arrested a top Huawei executive, with the move adding to worries over the trade relations between the U.S. and China.

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.

In July, a report released by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board revealed that the company would indeed pose security risks.

In the July report, the HCSEC oversight board identified "technical issues" in Huawei's engineering processes, which it said could cause "new risks in the United Kingdom telecommunications networks".

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