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SoftBank to remove existing Huawei equipment amid security concerns

Japanese carrier to switch to Ericsson and Nokia despite risks to China operations

SoftBank is the only major telecom carrier in Japan that uses Huawei equipment for its base stations, as Huawei equipment is considered as competitive in terms of both technology and price. 

TOKYO -- Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank has decided to replace the Huawei Technologies equipment in its 4G telecommunications network infrastructure with hardware made by Ericsson and Nokia, Nikkei has learned.

The decision reflects rising security concerns over potential leaks of sensitive information, system shutdowns and other risks involved in using Chinese telecommunications equipment.

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