Sweden’s Ericsson announced on Wednesday that it has been selected by the British operator BT to deploy 5G mobile networks in several major cities in the UK, which makes it bear 50% of the total BT 5G traffic.
The telecommunications equipment manufacturer said it will become the main BT partner for 5G deployment in the British capital London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and other major cities.
Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm said in a statement: “BT has a clear direction on how to promote its 5G ambitions in the UK, and we are very happy to be their partner in achieving this goal.”
Based on the previous 5G transactions between the two companies, once the deployment is completed, Ericsson will “manage about 50% of BT’s 5G traffic.”
Ericsson said this will also help “modern BT’s existing 2G and 4G…infrastructure.”
The deal came after the UK banned China’s Huawei from launching next-generation mobile networks in July and required operators to phase out the existing equipment of the Chinese telecom giant.
This move was carried out after the United States exerted pressure. The United States has accused Chinese companies of being accustomed to spying on Beijing, but China and Huawei have both denied these allegations.
Nordic rivals Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia are expected to benefit from countries that ban Huawei. Nokia won the first 5G agreement between the UK and British Telecom since the ban in September.
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