Dec 24, 2018

Huawei's kit removed from emergency services 4G network

BT has confirmed that equipment made by Huawei is being removed from the heart of a communication system being developed for the UK's police forces and other emergency services. It follows a statement from BT earlier this month that it was swapping out the Chinese firm's kit from the "Core" of its 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Emergency Services Network was originally due to be completed by the end of 2019. EE won the contract to roll out the ESN in 2015, a year before the network provider was acquired by BT. Since then, it has become subject to a BT policy that Huawei's kit should not be used at the core of its mobile networks to push customers' data about. "We have ongoing plans to swap to a new core network vendor for ESN, in line with BT's network architecture principles established in 2006," a spokesman for EE told the BBC. "This will be managed with no disruption to the ESN service."

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