BT and Ericsson Ink Deal to Offer Private 5G Networks

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · May 31, 2022

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The agreement, announced on Tuesday, is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.

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BT and Ericsson have reached an agreement to provide commercial 5G private networks for companies in the UK. They announced the multi-million-pound deal on Thursday. 

The partnership between two of Europe’s biggest telecoms firms will be the first of its kind in the UK. It will seek to harness enormous investments to offer commercial off-the-shelf private networks to companies seeking them. 

It will mirror public 5G services but limit connections to a group of devices in a space, such as a work environment. They promise connections with better security and reliability. That way, they can deploy the Internet of Things and other technologies more efficiently.

Under the terms agreed in the deal, BT will sell the next-generation technology to businesses across a host of industries.

“We have combined our skill and expertise at building converged fixed and mobile networks with Ericsson’s leading, sustainable and secure 5G network equipment, to offer a pioneering new proposition that will be attractive to many industries,” said Mark Overton, managing director for Division X, Enterprise at BT.

BT unveiled Division X in January to focus on emerging technologies in business communications, such as IoT, 5G, Edge computing, and AI.

CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland Katherine Ainley says the deal will place both companies at the forefront of utilizing 5G.

“This ground-breaking agreement with BT means we are together taking a leading role in ensuring 5G has a transformative impact for the UK,” she said in a statement.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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