Japanese Carriers Ban Huawei, Other Chinese Equipment from Their 5G Networks

SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo, and KDDI, Japan’s three largest mobile phone carriers, announced that they would no longer use equipment from Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers in their future 5G networks as reported by Nikkei Asian Review.

The move follows a similar motion of the Japanese government which decided to remove equipment manufactured by Huawei and other Chinese companies from public procurement lists.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters following the announcement of the ban that “It’s extremely important to avoid buying equipment that includes malicious functions like stealing or destroying information or halting information systems.”

Given that Japanese telecom companies already have drawn up plans to roll out 5G networks on full-scale for commercial usage in 2020, Huawei and the Chinese 5G equipment manufacturers will be drastically impa… (read more)

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