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China's Oppo taps KDDI and SoftBank for 5G push in Japan

Smartphone maker expands overseas as US ban stymies key rival Huawei

Oppo, China's second-biggest smartphone maker, is pushing into overseas markets as competition with Huawei heats up at home.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- China's No. 2 smartphone maker Oppo will begin selling 5G smartphones in Japan through mobile carriers KDDI and SoftBank, an aggressive push for global growth that comes as U.S. sanctions leave its rival Huawei Technologies struggling overseas.

Oppo, the world's fifth-biggest smartphone maker by shipments, said on Tuesday that KDDI and SoftBank utilize all of their sales channels in Japan to sell at least two of its 5G models. The partnership with the country's second- and the third-largest carriers marks another key breakthrough for Oppo after it reached agreements with several leading European carriers -- including Orange, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom -- for its 5G smartphone rollout earlier this year.

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