Core 4G network technology from Chinese company Huawei is set to be removed from the UK’s new Emergency Services Network (ESN) due to security concerns, the Sunday Telegraph has learned.
The decision by EE, which won the contract to build the ESN in 2015, is in line with policy at parent company BT to remove Huawei core network components. EE said the ESN would be operational in 2019 as planned, but added that Huawei core 4G components would be replaced retrospectively after a tender process.
According to one industry source, Nokia and Ericsson are seen as likely contenders to replace the Huawei equipment. The ESN has been plagued by delays and rising costs. It was originally intended to cost GBP 1.1 billion and launch in 2019, but delays have since pushed the cost up by an extra GBP 1.2 billion.