Huawei in spy row as top executive arrested and BT removes equipment

07 December, 2018, 20:36 | Author: Leah Owens
  • BT to remove Huawei hardware from 4G network amid fears of Chinese spying

EE made use of the equipment of Huawei in its core 3G and 4G mobile networks at the time, however, it has since been working on a programme to remove the said hardware.

Telecom giant Huawei Technologies suffered a new setback in Britain as its equipment got frozen out for use in leading carrier BT Group PLC's core networks, even as the controversial company won a smaller victory with reaffirmation for its products from Portugal. The company has also worked with EE to supply it with 3G and 4G network solutions including core network equipment.

BT had started to remove Huawei equipment back in 2016 when it acquired EE, the largest mobile network operator in the UK. "As a result, Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core", BT added.

It has also emerged that Huawei's global chief financial officer was arrested between flights at Vancouver airport in Canada and faces extradition to the U.S. over unspecified charges. "Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network, and a valued innovation partner", BT said in a statement.

Huawei's Chinese ownership has seen the United States, New Zealand and Australia move away from the company, out of fear that potential government intervention within the firm could compromise cellular communications.

Earlier this year yet another government report warned that there was "only limited assurance" that Huawei technology would not pose a major risk to British critical infrastructure.

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Huawei's Portugal chief executive Chris Lu believes that 5G will bring unprecedented changes to the daily lives of people, and to the industry, and the contract with Altice shows the commitment of both companies to the future of 5G in Portugal.

Huawei Technologies Co. stated earlier this year that the company is aware of a variety of the USA government activities which seem to be aimed at inhibiting the business of Huawei in the US market.

Huawei denies all allegations of links to the Chinese government.

The pressure to limit Huawei's access to global infrastructure is claiming another victory. It is a "normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support", Huawei said.

Wall Street Journal in November reported that the US government will be asking wireless and internet providers in friendly countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from Huawei.

While the Financial Times reported that BT aims to finish the overhaul within two years, BT's spokesperson told Light Reading that any such target would be "ambitious".

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