INTERNATIONAL – Japan’s big three telecoms operators plan not to use network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE, Kyodo News reported on Monday.
The plan applies to current equipment as well as upcoming fifth-generation (5G) gear, Kyodo reported without citing sources.
Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE to ensure strength in its defences against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, sources told Reuters last week.
Representatives of the three telcos, NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank Group, were not immediately available to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.
Huawei has already been locked out of the US market and Australia and New Zealand have blocked it from building 5G networks amid concerns of possible links the firm has with China’s government. Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.