Huawei equipment will still be used to power EE’s core network for at least the next two years, owner British Telecom has confirmed.

British Telecom had originally claimed, in December 2018, that the controversial infrastructure manufacturer would be shut out of the most sensitive parts of the EE mobile network within two years.

Now the provider has shifted its stance, revealing it will complete the task of shifting “100% of core mobile traffic” to Ericsson-built equipment by 2023. That’s still in line with a government deadline announced earlier this year, but still a significant delay on what the company had initially indicated.

BT says 5G customers will be moved first, while the 4G customers will be switched to the 4G network soon thereafter. The firm blamed the government’s…

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