BT has selected Ericsson as its partner for 5G deployment in major UK cities including London, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff, managing around 50 percent of their total 5G traffic.
This announcement marks a significant strengthening in the BT–Ericsson strategic partnership, the Swedish telecommunications firm said on Wednesday in a statement. It comes after the British government banned Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its 5G networks in July.
The new BT–Ericsson deal builds on BT’s selection of Ericsson for 5G Core earlier in the year. Once the deployment is completed, Ericsson will manage around 50 percent of BT’s 5G traffic.
“We’re the UK leader in 5G and are excited to be working with Ericsson as a key partner to maintain that market leadership,” BT CEO Philip Jansen said. “The lightning-fast speeds of 5G will help [our customers] to develop their businesses, stream a growing choice of content over our network, and …