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BT strips Huawei kit from its network

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Another day, another bad news for Huawei. This time, it's BT that's triaging the Chinese telecoms company from its 4G network infrastructure within the next two years.

Things aren't looking any better for the 5G future either, as BT says it will not include the Chinese company in the bidding for contracts to supply equipment for the next generation in mobile connectivity.

BT will continue using Huawei for 'benign parts of the network' – equipment on masts and other outside parts - but not on the core network.

Huawei is faced with allegations from certain western countries that the Chinese government uses its hardware to spy on its adversaries. Countries like the United States, India, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Italy have all either considered, or outright banned Huawei from participating in building 5G infrastructure.

These countries claim Huawei, willingly or not, is being used by the Chinese government for espionage. Therefore, using its technology to build the national 5G network is considered a 'threat to national security'.

Even though the two countries are currently in a truce of sorts, China and the US have been waging a trade war for the past few months. Another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, was hit hardest, when the US forced it to pay a 1bn fine and completely change its C-suite, after failing to comply with an embargo the US has on North Korea and Iran.  

Image Credit: BT

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.