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Trade war

Huawei blacklisting bites 5G carriers in the wallet

Companies look for alternatives, but cost and uncertainty expected to rise

A Huawei pavillion is seen at a previous Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The GSMA Mobile World Congress, representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, will discuss the Huawei ban later this month.    © Reuters

​​​​​TOKYO/GUANGZHOU/FRANKFURT -- As governments worldwide slam their doors on Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications supplier suspected of being a security risk, mobile carriers are left with little choice but to shell out more money for 5G equipment.

Deutsche Telekom, a major multinational telecom based in Germany, is one of the latest players to re-evaluate its strategy in light of Huawei's troubles. "Deutsche Telekom takes the global debate on the security of network equipment from Chinese providers very seriously," the company said in a statement last Wednesday, describing steps it will take to ensure confidence in its network.

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