Briefing

BT to strip Huawei equipment from its core 4G network

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BT, one of the U.K’s largest telecoms, will remove all Huawei equipment from its 4G network within two years. BT has also said it will not purchase equipment from Huawei for its 5G network. (Financial Times)

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Talking point: Canada is now the only member of the Five Eyes—the national security alliance that also includes the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand—whose governments and major telecoms continue doing business with Huawei. The U.S., Australia and New Zealand have all barred Huawei from participating in their 5G networks due to national security concerns. Alex Younger, the head of U.K. intelligence, said earlier this week there are serious concerns with involving Huawei in the 5G network; BT is already limiting its exposure to the company just in case. In Canada, Rogers, Bell and Telus are all working with Huawei. Despite pressure from U.S. officials and opposition politicians, the federal government has maintained its position of not limiting Huawei.