As a result, Huawei have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core.
BT acquired telecoms firm EE in 2016 and will use its existing network to launch a national 5G rollout.
Two officials at the National Cyber Security Centre, a government advisory body, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, recently wrote letters to several United Kingdom telecom companies, warning them that their 5G supply chain could be affected by the results of a government review of the country's telecom infrastructure that began in July, the Financial Times first reported on November 5. He also revealed that BT is working to remove Huawei from its optical DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) transport network. There are also questions about how independent of state influence any large Chinese company can be.
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. "This is a normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support".
However, Huawei's statement on the BT/EE decision downplayed its significance, reading: "Huawei has been working with BT for nearly 15 years".
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 has repeatedly denied such accusations, pointing out that it works with security agencies around the world and that it sells products to more than 500 operators in 170 countries without issue.
"We need to decide the extent to which we are going to be comfortable with Chinese ownership of these technologies and these platforms in an environment where some of our allies have taken a quite definite position", he reportedly said.
BT of course is the owner of mobile operator EE, and the carrier has for years used Huawei kit in the roll out of its fibre network in the UK.
"We have never had a cyber security-related incident".