INTERNATIONAL – SoftBank Group plans to replace 4G network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co with hardware from Nokia and Ericsson, Nikkei reported on Thursday, without citing sources.
The move comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Chinese tech firms by the United States and some prominent allies over ties to the Chinese government, driven by concerns they could be used by Beijing for spying.
SoftBank, Japan’s third-largest telco, will also order equipment for its next-generation 5G network from the two European suppliers instead of Huawei, Nikkei reported.
A SoftBank spokesman said the report was “based on speculation and no decision has been made”.
Nokia and Ericsson are already big suppliers to SoftBank.