Jul 13, 2020

Huawei: BT says 'impossible' to remove all firm's kit in under 10 years

BT's chief has said it would be "Impossible" to remove Huawei from the whole of the UK's telecoms infrastructure before 2030. "If you were to try and not have Huawei at all [in 5G] ideally we'd want seven years and we could probably do it in five," BT's chief executive Philip Jansen told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "If you wanted to have no Huawei in the whole of the telecoms infrastructure across the whole of the UK, I think that's impossible to do in under 10 years." Mr Jansen also repeated a warning first given by his firm last week, saying that "Outages would be possible" if BT is forced to pull out Huawei's 5G kit too quickly. Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday, at which a final decision over Huawei will be taken.

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