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BT to strip China's Huawei from core networks, limit 5G access

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(Reuters) - Britain's said on Wednesday it was removing Technologies' equipment from the core of its existing and mobile operations and would not use the Chinese company in central parts of the next network.

and have stopped telecom operators using Huawei's equipment in new because they are concerned about possible involvement in their

Huawei, the world's biggest maker ahead of and Nokia, has said has no influence over its operations.

BT said Huawei's equipment had not been used in the core of its fixed-line network, and it was removing it from the core of the it acquired when it bought operator

It said the process was to bring the networks into line with the rest of its business rather than a change of policy.

"In 2016, following the acquisition of EE, we began a process to remove equipment from the core of our and networks, as part of network architecture principles in place since 2006," a BT said.

He said the company would apply the same principles to its next-generation

"As a result, have not been included in vendor selection for our 5G core," he said.

"Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network, and a valued innovation partner," he added.

The of Britain's said this week that 5G reliance on Chinese was something Britain needed to discuss.

Huawei has been in Britain for more than 17 years, with its equipment checked and monitored by a special company laboratory overseen by government and

Huawei said it had been working with BT for almost 15 years, and since the beginning of its partnership, BT had been operating on a principle of different vendors for different layers of its network.

"This is a normal and expected activity, which we understand and fully support," it said in a statement.

It said it began working with in 2012, and had supplied the mobile operators with and network solutions, including core

"We have never had a cyber security-related incident," it said. "Huawei has a robust cyber security assurance system and a proven track record."

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Keith Weir)

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:52 IST