BT signs 5G deal with Ericsson to help replace Huawei

Telegraph 28 Oct 2020 03:24

Ericsson has signed a deal with BT to supply equipment for its 5G network in major cities across the UK, as the telecommunications giant continues to shift away from Huawei.

The Swedish firm's kit is expected to manage around 50pc of total 5G traffic for BT and its main mobile brand, EE.

It comes as a fresh blow to Chinese tech giant Huawei, after the Government decided in July to ban it from having a role in the UK's 5G network, owing to tougher US sanctions restricting Huawei's ability to build chips.

As a result, British telecoms firms were told to remove Huawei equipment from the 5G network by 2027 and stop purchasing new 5G equipment from the Chinese company by the end of the year.

Such changes are expected to cost billions across the telecommunications industry and could delay the deployment of 5G by up to three years.

BT's other key partner in the race to replace Huawei is Nokia, which recently announced that it too will supply 5G base stations and antennas to radio sites across the UK.

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