BT Pulls Huawei Kit From EE's 4G Network

By Gary Cutlack on at

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.

Huawei-built phone masts and peripheral things like that can stay, but BT has a long-standing commitment in place to not use equipment from the supplier at the very core of its network, due to the unspecified potential security risks of handing an overseas company the keys to your whole network. But when BT bought EE it inconveniently acquired a 4G network built with Huawei's data packet technology at the very core of its operations, so it's out in the vans for the engineers to strip it out and replace it all -- a task that could take as long as two years.

BT is also excluding Huawei from bidding to supply core components of its future 5G network too, which is a little embarrassing as it used Huawei kit to power the EE high profile 5G test run back in the summer. [FT via BBC]