Oct 28, 2020

BT signs 5G deal with Ericsson to help ditch Huawei

BT has signed a deal to use Ericsson's 5G radio antennas, base stations and other equipment to upgrade its EE mobile network. The move will let it ditch Huawei without becoming totally dependent on its other radio access network equipment provider, Nokia. Ministers announced in July that all the UK's mobile providers must stop buying new Huawei 5G telecoms infrastructure after 31 December, and must also remove any of its 5G equipment purchased before that date by 2027. BT is already in the process of using Ericsson products to replace Huawei's equipment in its "Core" - the most sensitive parts of its network that route data and voice calls across computer servers to get them to the right destination. The latest announcement had been widely expected, as BT and other mobile network providers typically use two Ran equipment vendors.

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