Jul 25, 2019

O2 to launch 5G network in UK in October

O2 has announced it plans to turn on its 5G mobile network in October. O2 is owned by Spain's Telefonica, which has used Huawei's infrastructure in some of its other networks. O2 trialled some of Huawei's 5G radio access network gear at cell towers in the UK before deciding to opt for rival products from two vendors it had already used to deliver 4G. "We respect all three operators, they were thorough in their submissions," O2's chief executive Mark Evans told the BBC. "But we were convinced that the best choices for us at this time are our current partners, which are Ericsson and Nokia." The announcement comes the same week that the UK formally postponed a decision on whether to ban or allow Huawei to be used within any of the UK's 5G networks. "We're working with them on 5G smart sensors so that they can use that to detect leakage and water quality, and manage their network better," he said.

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