Sweden's Ericsson announced Wednesday it had been selected by British operator BT to deploy 5G mobile networks in several major UK cities, making it responsible for 50 percent of BT's total 5G traffic.
Building on a previous 5G deal between the companies, Ericsson will "manage around 50 percent of BT's 5G traffic" once the deployment is complete.
Ericsson said it would also contribute to "modernise BT's existing 2G and 4G... infrastructure."
The deal comes in the wake of the UK banning China's Huawei from its rollout of the next generation of mobile networks in July, as well as demanding operators phase out existing equipment from the Chinese telecoms giant.
The move followed pressure from the US which alleges Chinese firms are used to spy for Beijing, but both China and Huawei denies these allegations.
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