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5G networks

U.S.-Japan 5G initiative launches first academy in Philippines

Partners promote Open RAN tech to counter China telecom in Southeast Asia

A cellphone tower in California. China's Huawei Technologies is one of the world's leading suppliers of mobile base station equipment.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan are stepping up efforts to advance expertise on 5G base stations in Southeast Asia, responding to China's growing influence in a field that has emerged as a major economic security concern.

The U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday launched the Asia Open RAN Academy in the Philippines as part of the push by Tokyo and Washington to enhance knowledge in open radio access networks across members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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