Huawei Technologies equipment will be removed from the central part of a UK communications network for emergency services and police.
BT Group, the company responsible for the 2.3 billion pound ($ 3 billion) project, has taken equipment from the Chinese technology giant out of its own central structure since the acquisition in 2016 of mobile operator EE, which used Huawei equipment in all its systems. This work extends to the Emergency Services Network that EE is building for Britain, although some parts of Huawei remain in the broader access network.
Although BT notes that it has been an ongoing process to eliminate some equipment from Huawei and the decision of the Emergency Services Network system is in line with a long-standing corporate policy of keeping the Chinese company out of the core, critics of Huawei They will be encouraged by the measure to limit their participation. Huawei has been criticized by governments around the world for fearing that its equipment could allow Chinese espionage.
The company, which has always denied connections to the state and any risk of espionage, has been drawn into a trade war between the United States. and China, where US officials are trying to persuade allies to stop the technology company from deploying next-generation mobile networks. Australia, New Zealand and Japan followed the US example. imposing bans on Huawei in recent months, and officials in European countries such as Britain, Germany and France have expressed concern.
Completely replace the Huawei parts in the central part of the network will take up to four years and BT will bear the costs. A government spokesman told the Sunday Telegraph – the first to inform the decision of this network system – that although Huawei's parts were eliminated, he was happy that the infrastructure of the emergency systems did not pose security problems.
"We have ongoing plans to move to a new core network provider for the Emergency Services Network in line with BT's network architecture principles established in 2006," an EE spokesman said in comments sent via e -mail. "This will be managed without interruption in the Emergency Services Network," he said.
A Huawei spokesman told the Telegraph that the company had been working with BT for 15 years and that the British company had a long-standing policy to use different providers for different network layers. In addition, he indicated that Huawei continues to be a major supplier of equipment, the report said.