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BT picks Ericsson for 4G, 5G core

British Telecommunication (EE) and Ericsson announced a deal

British Telecommunication (EE) and Ericsson announced a deal to deploy Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core (Evolved Packet Core and 5G Core), a fully container-based, cloud native Mobile Packet Core for 4G, 5G Non-standalone and 5G Standalone services as a single fully integrated core. The solution, when deployed on BT’s Network Cloud, will incorporate network orchestration and automation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), and be integrated into BT’s existing customer experience management platforms (also based on Ericsson’s technology).

The British operator decided on Ericsson to replace Huawei’s equipment from the core of its 5G network after evaluating different 5G core network vendors, said BT.

The UK decided in January 2020 to ban Huawei from the nation’s core network. Huawei is allowed to supply gear for the country’s 5G radio access networks (RANs), but it will be restricted to a 35% cap in this part of the 5G network of each operator.

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