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Doubts about Huawei open doors for Japan's telecom players

NTT and NEC look to old Thai stronghold for sales of after-5G equipment

Southeast Asia is an important market for global telecom companies. People in the region tend to spend longer on smartphones than their counterparts in industrial nations. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Suspicions that Huawei Technologies telecom gear could serve as back door for Chinese spying have helped breathe new life into a Japanese tech ecosystem long thought moribund.

A number of companies that flourished under the wing Japan's former domestic telecom monopoly, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corp. -- which was later privatized and split up to form the NTT group -- is attempting to gain a foothold in global markets.

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