The move follows similar measures undertaken by the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.
On Wednesday, Britain’s BT Group Plc stated it will remove Huawei Technologies Co’s equipment from its core 4G network within two years.
The development brings BT’s mobile phone business in line with an internal policy to keep the equipment of Huawei Technologies at the edge of telecom infrastructure. Significantly, BT has also excluded Huawei from bidding for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core 5G network.
However, BT will continue to use Huawei’s equipment in benign parts of its network, such as equipment on masts.
The move comes midst growing concerns from the United States, Australia, Germany and New Zealand of national security risks from Chinese intelligence. The U.S. government has persuaded internet operators and wireless providers in allied countries to avoid purchasing telecommunication equipment from China’s Huawei.
Recently, New Zealand has also rejected Huawei from bidding for its 5G network citing national security risk.
Australia has also banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment for its network citing national security risks.