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Top Philippine telco to launch 5G service with Huawei and Ericsson

Move marks another win for embattled Chinese telecom equipment supplier

PLDT of the Philippines is rolling out 5G services ahead of schedule, and including Huawei gear in its new network.    © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines' largest telecom company PLDT will launch its 5G mobile service on Thursday using equipment supplied by China's Huawei Technologies and Sweden's Ericsson.

The surprise announcement comes just days after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the country's telecom duopoly -- PLDT and Globe Telecom -- to improve services or face closure. PLDT had originally been expected to begin services in the fourth quarter of this year.

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