KDDI Picks Nokia, Ericsson as 5G Equipment Providers

Economy Politics

London, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese carrier KDDI Corp. <9433> selected Nokia of Finland and Sweden's Ericsson to be equipment providers for its new fifth-generation, or 5G, high-speed network, the two northern European companies respectively announced Monday.

Amid the intensifying U.S.-China competition for dominance in technology industries, KDDI chose to exclude equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co. of China from its 5G network, whose commercial operations will start in Japan in March next year at the earliest.

According to a telecommunications industry media report, KDDI also picked, in addition to Nokia and Ericsson, Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea as an equipment supplier for its 5G network.

Among other Japanese carriers, Softbank Corp. <9434> selected Nokia and Ericsson as its 5G equipment providers. NTT Docomo Inc. <9437> has launched trial 5G services with Nokia, apparently planning to exclude Huawei.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump accused Huawei of allegedly using its devices to spy on behalf of the Chinese government. The United States decided to impose an effective ban on the use of Huawei's products and urged its allies to make similar moves. The Japanese government decided to toe the U.S. line.

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