The Three mobile network has activated its first 5G sites using Ericsson equipment instead of Huawei as part of the latest fallout from a ban on the Chinese giant’s 5G technology.
The government has told telecom providers they must stop installing Huawei’s 5G kit in UK 5G networks from next September in order to cut high-risk providers.
The Telecommunications (Security) Bill, which stipulates that all Huawei-made 5G parts already installed should be destroyed by 2027, will pass second reading in parliament on Monday.
Such moves came after Donald Trump’s administration imposed tougher U.S. sanctions restricting the company’s ability to manufacture chips.
Telecommunications providers rushed to find replacement providers left by the possible gap.
Three UK has opted for Ericsson in the future, as part of a £ 2bn effort to transform its network and IT infrastructure.
30% of the company’s total sites on the network currently use Huawei technology.
The first places to launch with the Swedish company’s radio network equipment were Manchester, Glasgow and Reading.
Three UKs said all of their 5G service is now operational in 154 cities across the country.
“We are delighted that our first Ericsson sites are active on our network,” said Susan Buttsworth, COO at Three UK.
“Ericsson is a key partner in transforming our network.
“Our customers use 3.5 times more data than the industry average, so the investments we make are vital to improving the current performance of our 4G network, making it sustainable and delivering on our promise to provide better connectivity every day. to each customer. “