Nokia has struck a deal to become the largest equipment provider to BT, in a bid to phase out Huawei kits in the EE network by providing additional base stations and antennas as Huawei is being blocked from the UK’s 5G Network.
According to BBC the deal will also see Nokia replace Huawei in BT’s 2G and 4G networks.
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“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.
EE’s network already uses Nokia to provide its 3G service.
Telecompaper reported that “The selection of Nokia as a 5G RAN vendor will see it provide equipment and services at BT radio sites across the UK. The deal extends a long-term partnership between the companies. BT’s Nokia-powered network currently covers Greater London, the Midlands and rural locations, and will now be extended to cover multiple towns and cities nationwide. “
Big wins for Nokia.