Britain's BT removing Huawei equipment from core 4G network: report

British telecommunications group BT is removing equipment built by Chinese firm Huawei from its core 4G network within the next two years, according to a Financial Times report released Wednesday.

BT has also reportedly excluded Huawei from bidding for contracts for equipment for its core 5G network.

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BT's decision comes shortly after the U.S. government reportedly began reaching out to its allies, urging them to drop Huawei.

New Zealand and Australia have since turned down Huawei offers, citing security concerns.

U.S. intelligence officials had also earlier warned Americans not to buy phones manufactured by Huawei and ZTE, another major Chinese tech firm earlier this year.

These requests are based on concern among American lawmakers over the company's ties to the Chinese government.

This push to limit Chinese network penetration comes as the world prepares for 5G, a new era of wireless technology, which will likely increase interconnectedness even more.

BT and Huawei did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.