BT stated that the move was more towards integrating EE in its other businesses rather than a change in policy; and the company has not used any Huawei equipment in the core of its fixed-line network since the acquisition of EE.
Huawei-built phone masts and peripheral things like that can stay, but BT has a long-standing commitment in place to not use equipment from the supplier at the very core of its network, due to the unspecified potential security risks of handing an overseas company the keys to your whole network.
Some have questioned the timing of Younger's speech, in a week where the United States government encouraged its allies to shun Huawei hardware.
BT of course is the owner of mobile operator EE, and the carrier has for years used Huawei kit in the roll out of its fibre network in the UK.
He added: "We're applying these same principles to our current RFP for 5G core infrastructure".
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Australia and New Zealand also announced this year that they would not allow Huawei to be involved in building next generation 5G systems in their countries. "Huawei remains an important equipment provider outside the core network, and a valued innovation partner".
Huawei and EE had in November 2017 also demonstrated separate uplink-downlink (UL/DL) decoupling technology across a 5G-LTE network deployment in London.
Of course, Huawei maintain that it has no affiliation with the Chinese government, despite founder Ren Zhengfei notably providing his expertise for the Communist Party in 1978, working as an engineer in country's army.
Huawei said it will continue to collaborate with BT despite being left out of the 5G vendor process.
Both Beijing and the company deny the link.
While the Financial Times reported that BT aims to finish the overhaul within two years, BT's spokesperson told Light Reading that any such target would be "ambitious".