BT has confirmed that equipment made by Huawei is being removed from the heart of a communication system being developed for the UK’s police forces and other emergency services.
It follows a statement from BT earlier this month that it was swapping out the Chinese firm’s kit from the “core” of its 3G and 4G mobile networks.
The Sunday Telegraph was first to report the latest development. It said the move would extend work on the late-running £2.3bn project.
BT is covering the cost of the switch. It does not believe the changeover will lead to a further delay.
The Emergency Services Network (ESN) was originally due to be completed by the end of 2019. At that point it was meant to replace an existing Motorola-owned radio system called Airwave, which is used by the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services.
The ESN is intended to give its users “secure” priority access to EE’s 4G network, which is being extended via additional radio frequencies in rural areas and new mast sites. It should be cheaper to run than Airwave while also providing superior voice and data capabilities.
Four men detained when the military boarded a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary have appeared in court.
The Special Boat Service descended on to the Grande Tema on Friday, its owner said, after concerns were raised for the crew’s safety. The 71,000-tonne vessel was carrying a cargo including chemicals from Lagos in Nigeria to Tilbury, Essex.
The men, of no fixed address, were charged with affray and remanded by magistrates until 31 December. They are Samuel Jolumi, 26, Ishola Sunday, 27, Toheeb Popoola, 26, and Joberto McGee, 20.
Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, the defendants spoke only to confirm their particulars, with McGee giving his nationality as Liberian and the others saying they were Nigerian.
The military had been called in to secure the ship late on Friday night, after a 14-hour operation. After becoming aware alleged intruders were roaming the ship, the crew holed themselves up in the bridge and kept control of the vessel.
The ship docked at Tilbury shortly before 04.30 GMT on Saturday.
Four men on board were held under the Immigration Act before being handed over to the UK Border Force. The ship’s operator, Grimaldi Lines, said there were no reports of injuries.