Vodafone’s broadband joint venture with Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Ltd has collaborated with Nokia to launch 5G services in Australia, the companies stated on Monday.
The 5G drive comes as the joint venture is caught in a legal battle process in opposition to an antitrust regulator’s move to dam its intended A$15 billion mega-merger with TPG Telecom Ltd.
In a joint assertion, the businesses stated Vodafone Hutchison Australia, the 50-50 joint venture, would commence its 5G launch in the first half of 2020 with Nokia as the network contractor.
The Finnish telecom network gear manufacturer has already developed a test network to reveal its 5G technology, and those sites will turn into the first space of commercial coverage for Vodafone’s 5G network.
The collaboration was the ultimate measure in a long process, Vodafone’s Berroeta stated, following the safety steerage given by the nation’s federal government in August last year.
Australia increased its national security guidelines to exclude telecommunication gear providers that it believes have links to foreign governments, as a step that denied Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from the country’s 5G rollout.
Nokia has been a recipient of limitations in Western countries on market access to Huawei over accusations that China could use its tools for espionage, a charge that Huawei has regularly denied.
Most recently, Spark New Zealand deserted plans to depend on Huawei exclusively for the launch of 5G services, selecting the 5G launch with Nokia as an alternative.