Nokia clinches 5G deal with BT to replace Huawei in EE network

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By Leo Kelion
Technology desk editor

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.css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Nokia is set to become a major beneficiary of Huawei being blocked from the UK’s 5G networks.

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

The deal involves providing base stations and antennas to let EE customers’ phones and other devices make calls and transmit data via its 5G “radio access network”.

The deal will also see Nokia replace Huawei in BT’s 2G and 4G networks.

BT has already used Nokia’s telecoms infrastructure equipment in London, the Midlands and some rural locations, but this will extend their partnership across the UK.

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The decision, which was taken on national security grounds, effectively ended a strong relationship between BT and Huawei that dated back to 2005.

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