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ZTE signs deal to help launch 5G in Myanmar

Embattled Chinese player carves out foothold in emerging Asia

Myanmar's four mobile carriers are all believed to use equipment made by ZTE or Huawei.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Telecom equipment maker ZTE signed a memorandum of understanding to help develop fifth-generation wireless networks in Myanmar on Wednesday, the same day the U.S. moved to blacklist compatriot Huawei Technologies in an attempt to keep Chinese products out of the field.

ZTE will collaborate with Ooredoo Myanmar, the local unit of a Qatari mobile carrier. This is the first concrete move toward 5G development made public in Myanmar, which like other Southeast Asian nations, aims to launch 5G service as soon as possible.

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