Xplornet picks Ericsson for 5G

Originally published by The Wire Report

Xplornet Communications Inc. will use technology from Ericsson AB in its next-generation network, the company said Tuesday.

Xplornet will begin rolling out its 5G fixed-wireless network in rural areas this summer, it said in a press release.

“Our agreement with Ericsson will provide Xplornet’s robust national network with 5G equipment to revolutionize the rural broadband experience across our country,” president and CEO Allison Lenehan said in the release.

Xplornet announced last year it would invest $500 million in rural broadband services over five years.

Its choice of Ericsson for 5G comes as the federal government is still deciding whether to ban Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. equipment. In the meantime, companies have been opting for other suppliers, with BCE Inc. announcing deals with Ericsson and Nokia Corp., and Telus Corp. with those two companies and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. earlier this year.

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