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Huawei Equipment In UK’s 4G Network To Be Replaced


Huawei Equipment In UK’s 4G Network To Be Replaced
Equipment supplied by Chinese tech company Huawei would be removed from the core systems of communication system which is being developed to be used by the police forces and other emergency services in the UK. This was confirmed recently by British Telecom (BT). 
This confirmation was given by the telecom company after it had announced earlier this month about its plan to replace the equipment supplied by the Chinese firm from the “core” systems of the 3G and 4G mobile networks that it operates.
The latest development was first reported by The Sunday Telegraph. The newspaper re3port had also said that there could be more delays to its £2.3bn project which is already running behind schedule. .
The cost of the switch is being covered by BT. The company has however also said that the equipment replacement would not cause any more delays in the project. The Emergency Services Network (ESN) was originally due to be completed by the end of 2019.
The project got delayed because earlier it was decided that an existing Motorola-owned radio system called Airwave would be replaced which is used by the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services of the UK.
Offering its users a "secure" priority access to EE's 4G network was the aim of the ESN. It is now being extended via additional radio frequencies in rural areas and new mast sites. This would make it cheaper to
It should be cheaper to operate compared to Airwave while also offering better voice and data capabilities.
That has resulted in the project overrunning its schedule. The UK Home Office announced in September this year that it would continue to pay for the use of Airwave till the end of 2022 while also saying that there can be extension of the period further.
The bid for the roll out the ESN was won in 2015 by EE which was acquired by BT within a year. Since that takeover, the company has been at the core of the policy of BT of not using equipment supplied by Huawei within the core of the mobile networks that it develops that allows the transfer of customers' data from one place to another.
There has been suspicion in many Western countries that Chinese agencies can spy on countries that use Huawei equipment and even cause breakdown of services using such equipment if there is any international dispute
NT has a policy of using Huawei equipment to the periphery systems such as phone mast antennas.
"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 media.
"This will be managed with no disruption to the ESN service."
It was still EE's intention to offer "full capability" of the system by 2020, he added.
No explicit reason for the decision was however provided by BT.