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Huawei purge revives Japan's 5G hopes, once thought dead

New alliance of NTT and NEC recruited by Washington to join industry group

Japanese suppliers have only a tiny presence in the global market for 5G network infrastructure. (Photo by Yoshiyuki Tamai)

TOKYO -- The U.S.-led effort to exclude China's Huawei Technologies from global telecom networks proved the opening Nippon Telegraph & Telephone and NEC had sought to forge an alliance for 5G, a field where Japan has struggled to make a mark.

NTT, Japan's former state telecom monopoly, said in late June that it will spend 64.5 billion yen ($601 million) to buy a nearly 5% stake in NEC as part of their 5G tie-up.

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