The Huawei Technologies equipment will be removed from the central part of the United Kingdom's emergency communications and police services network.
BT Group, a $ 2,300 million (3,000 million US dollar) project company, takes over the Chinese tech giant's equipment from its own central structure from the acquisition in 2016 of the mobile operator EE, which used Huawei's equipment in all its systems. That work extends to the Emergency Services Network, which EE builds for Britain, although some parts of Huawei will remain in the wider access network.
Although BT notes that it is a process that is ongoing to eliminate some Huawei equipment, and the decision of the Emergency Services Network is in line with China's long-standing corporate policy of keeping the Chinese company from the core, Huawei's critics will be encouraged by the restriction measure of their participation. Huawei received criticism from governments around the world for fears that its equipment could allow Chinese espionage.
The firm, which has always denied ties to the state and any risk of espionage, was dragged into a commercial war between the United States. and China, in which US officials are trying to convince allies to prevent technology from implementing next-generation mobile networks. Australia, New Zealand, and Japan followed the example of the United States. by imposing bans on Huawei in recent months, and authorities in European countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany and France, have expressed concern.
A complete replacement of Huawei parts in the central part of the network will take up to four years and BT will bear the costs. A spokeswoman for the government told Sunday Telegraph – the first to inform the decision of this network system – that although parts of Huawei would be eliminated, he was happy that the infrastructure of emergency systems was not a security issue.
"We have plans to move to a new provider of a central network for the Emergency Services Network, in line with BT's network architecture principles established in 2006," said EE spokeswoman in comments sent via e-mail. "This will be driven without interruption in the Emergency Services Network," he said.
A spokesman for Huawei told Telegraph that the company had been working with BT for 15 years and that the British firm has a long-standing policy to use different providers for different network layers. In addition, he pointed out that Huawei remained an important supplier of equipment, according to the information.