Softbank to Exclude Chinese Products from Key Network Facilities

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Softbank Corp. <9434> plans to stop adopting Chinese-made products in key facilities for its telecommunications network, informed sources have said.

The move comes in line with the Japanese government's decision on Monday to effectively exclude major Chinese telecommunications equipment makers Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. from public procurement, on concerns about security risks involving their products.

Among Japan's three major mobile carriers, Softbank currently uses Huawei products at some of its base stations, while NTT Docomo Inc. <9437> and KDDI Corp. <9433> have not installed Chinese products in their key facilities.

Softbank, set to go public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Dec. 19, is considering adopting no Chinese products for key components of its fifth-generation, or 5G, high-speed communications equipment, as well as upgrades of its existing facilities, the sources said.

NTT Docomo and KDDI are also expected to avoid using Chinese products for their 5G networks.

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