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Telus Selects Ericsson and Nokia for Building 5G Network

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Telus has announced its 5G network equipment partners this morning, choosing Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia, to “revolutionize wireless connectivity for customers.”

“TELUS has a successful track record of building globally leading networks with amazing speeds, robust quality and extensive coverage that are consistently recognized as the best in the world,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, Telus, in a statement.

The news comes after Bell announced this morning it had made an agreement with Ericsson for 5G.

“Our 5G deployment will support economic growth and diversity that will be essential for the virtualization of health, education, teleworking, and stimulating the economic growth and recovery given the impact of COVID-19,” added Entwistle.

Telus says it has “committed over $150 million to support Canadians throughout the COVID-19 crisis.”

Earlier this year, Telus said it would use Huawei radio access network (RAN) hardware to launch its 5G network. Hardware from the Chinese company will not be part of the core Telus 5G network, said the company.

Rogers has chosen Ericsson, along with Bell and now Telus, for equipment to make up 5G networks. The federal government remains undecided on whether or not to ban Chinese company Huawei for 5G, as allies pressure Canada to block the company over concerns of espionage.

The federal government will hold its wireless spectrum auction for 3.5 GHz airwaves for 5G later this year.

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