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Japan's 4 carriers to shun Chinese 5G tech

Docomo and KDDI join SoftBank in ditching Huawei and ZTE

A pilot base station developed by Huawei on the roof of a building in Tokyo.
A pilot base station developed by Huawei on the roof of a building in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Japan's three main mobile phone carriers SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo and KDDI have decided not to use Chinese equipment in their 5G networks due to rising security concerns that spurred the Japanese government to block Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies from public procurement.

E-commerce company Rakuten, which will become Japan's fourth wireless carrier next year, is also shunning China, stating that "there are no plans to use Chinese telecommunication equipment." The company will use Nokia products for its 4G network.

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