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Bell selects Ericsson as 5G supplier

Shruti Shekar
Telecom & Tech Reporter
REUTERS

Bell has selected Ericsson to provide radio access network (RAN) equipment for its 5G wireless network, according to a company press release. 

"Bell's 5G strategy supports our goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, and Ericsson's innovative 5G network products and experience on the global stage will be key to our rollout of this game-changing mobile technology," said Bell CEO Mirko Bibic, in the release. 

The release added that while the carrier is focusing on supporting its customers during COVID-19, it will be ready to launch “initial 5G as the economy opens up.”

The initial service will offer faster data speeds than 4G LTE, and will allow customers who have purchased the latest Samsung Galaxy S20 5G series, LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen, and Motorola Edge+ phones to function using the new network. 

The Montreal-based national carrier said during its Q4 2019 earnings call that it would also be partnering with Nokia, and did not rule out working with other vendors. 

“Nokia will be the first provider of 5G...I stress the word first as we need to work with many equipment suppliers today and in the future. It includes Nokia, Huawei, Cisco, it is important to include multiple suppliers,” Bibic said during that earnings call. 

Bell also uses Huawei’s network equipment in some areas. The federal government is still reviewing whether or not it intends to ban the Chinese telecommunications manufacturer from participating in Canada’s 5G rollout.

Bell said in its release that it will still be participating in the 3.5 GHz spectrum auction that is set to take place later this year. 

Rogers’ 5G vendor is Ericsson as well. Telus is yet to announce its vendor. 

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