BT and Ericsson agree deal to deploy cloud native dual-mode 5G Core

In April 2020, British Telecommunication PLC (BT) and Ericsson signed a deal to deploy Ericsson’s dual-mode 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, delivered on BT’s Network Cloud, will form a key component in BT’s move to a single converged IP network. It will incorporate network orchestration and automation, including continuous delivery and integration processes, and it will be integrated into BT’s existing customer experience management platforms.

BT decided on Ericsson to replace Huawei’s equipment from the core of its 5G network after evaluating different 5G core network vendors. In January 2020, the UK government had decided to ban Huawei from the country’s core network. Huawei is allowed to supply gear for the UK’s 5G radio access networks (RANs), but it will be restricted to a 35{b28ae05319d94bff0b4d65c5a9f4524dd588360f05c61ef440e1608e0a1c4144} cap per operator in this part of the 5G network.

Further information
Ericsson press release –