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Huawei and ZTE slow down China 5G rollout as US curbs start to bite

'De-Americanization' adds to Chinese carriers' cautious investment stance

China's leading telecoms providers are taking a cautious approach to the rollout of 5G technology.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/HONG KONG -- Huawei Technologies and ZTE, China's two largest telecom equipment providers, have slowed down their 5G base station installation in the country, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned, a sign that Washington's escalating efforts to curb Beijing's tech ambitions are having an effect.

Both Huawei and ZTE told some suppliers to slow down shipments of certain 5G base station-related products in June, so the Chinese companies can redesign products and change some equipment to remove as much U.S. content as possible. It is part of a "de-Americanization" effort by China after the Trump administration tightened export controls on Huawei, multiple sources said.

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