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Huawei officially lands role in Malaysia's 5G rollout

Local partner Maxis 'aware' of warnings but does not 'see any issues'

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, second from right, attends a ceremony held to seal Maxis' deal with Huawei on Oct. 3. (Photo by P Prem Kumar)

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- Huawei Technologies has officially become a hardware supplier for Malaysia's 5G network rollout, marking a break for the Chinese telecom equipment provider after it was locked out of several markets over espionage fears.

Huawei on Thursday inked a formal agreement with Maxis -- one of Malaysia's major telecommunications companies -- to provide 5G radio equipment, services and knowledge to help build the country's ultrafast network. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad witnessed the signing ceremony in his office.

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