Softbank Boots Huawei from 5G Network

Economy

London, May 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese carrier Softbank Corp. <9434> excluded telecommunications equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co. of China from its new fifth-generation, or 5G, high-speed network in Japan, it has been learned.

The carrier under the wing of Softbank Group Corp. <9984> instead selected Sweden's Ericsson and Nokia Corp. of Finland to be equipment providers for its 5G network, whose commercial operations will start in Japan during fiscal 2019.

The move by Softbank is the first instance of a Japanese carrier explicitly excluding Huawei from its 5G network. Other Japanese companies such as NTT Docomo Inc. <9437> and KDDI Corp. <9433>, as well as newcomer Rakuten Mobile Inc., set to join the market in October, are expected to follow suit.

The two European makers separately announced their deals with Softbank on Wednesday.

Ericsson also announced that it will provide gears for Softbank's existing 4G network. Softbank will replace products of Chinese firms including Huawei that are currently used in its 4G base stations with Ericsson's equipment.

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