With the UK pulling its ban on Huawei from its 5G network, UK operators have no choice but to turn to other hardware providers. BT announced its election on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020: The operator will contact Nokia to equip its networks, reports the BBC.
Nokia wins its first UK 5G contract
It is official : Nokia has agreed to become the largest supplier of 5G devices of the British operator BT. For example, the Finnish company, which recently invested $ 230 million in HMD Global, will be responsible for supplying the base stations and other network devices that enable the operator’s customers to access high-speed 5G internet. BT stipulates this nonetheless Nokia will not replace all Huawei devices, since contracts with other suppliers are also planned.
5G: Auctions start at 2.17 billion euros
The agreement between Nokia and BT also provides for the Finnish company to replace Huawei on BT’s 2G and 4G networksif Nokia devices already support the operator’s 3G network. If at the time of writing the amount of the contract between the two companies has not been disclosed, The news was still enough to enable Nokia to make a 3.58% gain on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
In a press release, BT CEO Philip Jansen said: “With this new step in our fruitful relationship with Nokia, we will continue to lead the deployment of landline and cellular networks to deliver exceptional experiences for our customers.”.
Huawei, victim of geopolitics
It’s hard for Huawei to blame it. The Chinese manufacturer was the great favorite of British operators in equipping 5G networks, but American pressure finally prevailed against it. The UK tried to resist, however: in January 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to give Huawei a limited role in developing the 5G cellular network. In June, the country asked its telecommunications operators to stock up on the Chinese manufacturer’s equipment.
Just a month later, the UK authorities finally decided to reverse this decision Totally prohibit national operators from buying devices from Huawei from January 2021. Existing equipment must be withdrawn by 2027.
Nokia and Ericsson responded to this announcement by remembering that they both had “The technology, experience and supply chain capacity to deal with this situation without disturbing customers”. Obviously, The call from the Finnish company met with an attentive ear.