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BT Asks UK for More Time to Remove Huawei Core as Ban Approaches

  • BT faces January deadline to remove Chinese firm’s core
  • UK ordered a phased ban on Huawei’s use in networks in 2020
Huawei Technologies Co. Executives Speak At 5G Event
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

BT Group Plc has asked the UK government for more time to remove the Huawei Technologies Co. core of its network after supply chain concerns led to an impending ban on the equipment. 

“At the end of the day, not interrupting service for customers is the critical requirement here,” BT Chief Technology Officer Howard Watson said in an interview in London with Bloomberg on Tuesday, blaming Covid-19 lockdowns for slowing the transition.