Nokia clinches 5G deal with BT to phase out Huawei’s kit in EE network

Nokia is set to become major beneficiary of Huawei being blocked from the UK’s 5G networks.

The telecoms firm has struck a deal to become the largest equipment provider to BT.

The company 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.

In July, the UK announced that all the UK’s mobile providers were banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December, and must also remove all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

Earlier this year, BT said Nokia’s equipment was used at about a third of its 4G sites, which were being upgraded to 5G, while Huawei’s kit was used at the remaining ones.

Currently, Nokia’s kit provides coverage to EE customers across parts of London, the Midlands and various rural locations.

This new deal will extend BT’s used of its telecoms infrastructure products to further cities and towns including Aberdeen, Cambridge, Dundee, Exeter, Southampton and York.

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