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The Head Of British Telecom Warned London Against Abandoning Huawei Equipment

The Head Of British Telecom Warned London Against Abandoning Huawei Equipment

A ban on the use of equipment from the Chinese company Huawei and the "rapid removal" of its active components from Britain's telecommunications networks will lead to interruptions in their work and create threats to the security of communications, according to Philip Jansen, Director General of the leading telephone and Internet operator in the UK, British Telecom (BT), of the BBC broadcasting Corporation.

According to him, "ideally, it would take seven years, but we would try to do this work in five years." "We need to make sure that any change [to equipment] does not lead to risk in the short term," he said. Attempts to "very, very quickly abandon Huawei equipment threatens to create a situation where the reliability of services for BT's 24 million customers will be called into question as a result of possible disruptions," Jansen said.

As previously reported by the Sunday Telegraph, the UK government in a few months or six months will begin to refuse to participate in the Chinese company Huawei in the deployment of 5G networks in the Kingdom, after changing the risk assessment of the British government communications Center.

US President Donald Trump earlier warned the UK leadership about the threat of cooperation between the Kingdom and Huawei because of the threat to the country's security. The American side claimed that the use of Huawei equipment in the British communications infrastructure of the new generation may make it difficult to exchange information through the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance, which includes the intelligence services of Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

Despite this, in January this year, the British government decided to involve Huawei in the development of British communications networks, but with several restrictions. The company was not allowed to be a supplier of critical components, and the share of its equipment in British 5G networks was limited to 35%.

Huawei Corporation was founded in 1987. It produces telecommunications equipment, as well as consumer devices and smartphones. The company's products and services are available in more than 170 countries.