Finnish telecoms firm, Nokia has announced that it has struck a deal with BT over UK’s 5G networks which means that it is set to become the largest equipment provider to the UK firm.<>
Nokia secured the deal after Huawei was blocked from the UK’s 5G networks. The telecoms firm will now provide additional base stations and antennas to allow EE customers’ devices transmit data and make calls via the UK firm’s 5G “radio access network”.<>
The deal will allow Nokia to replace Huawei in BT’s 2G and 4G networks with the EE’s network already using Nokia to provide its 3G service.<>
In July, the UK government announced that all mobile providers in the country were being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after December 31st and by 2027, must have removed all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks.<>
According to the government, the decision was taken on national security grounds, ending the strong relationship with Huawei and BT that began back in 2005.<>
Presently, Nokia’s kit provides coverage to EE customers across parts of the Midlands, London and other rural locations, however, with the new deal, the coverage is expected to extend to further cities and towns including Cambridge, Aberdeen, Exeter, Southampton, York and Dundee.