Sep 29, 2020

Nokia clinches 5G deal with BT to replace Huawei in EE network

Nokia is set to become a major beneficiary of Huawei being blocked from the UK's 5G networks. The Finnish telecoms firm has struck a deal to become the largest equipment provider to BT. Nokia will now provide additional base stations and antennas to let EE customers' devices make calls and transmit data via the UK firm's 5G "Radio access network". The deal will also see Nokia replace Huawei in BT's 2G and 4G networks. EE's network already uses Nokia to provide its 3G service. The decision, which was taken on national security grounds, effectively ended a strong relationship between BT and Huawei that dated back to 2005."With this next stage of our successful relationship with Nokia, we will continue to lead the rollout of fixed and mobile networks to deliver stand-out experiences for customers," said BT's chief executive Philip Jansen in a statement.

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