Japan Operators Plan Removing Huawei following Spying Concerns

Japan's top 3 telecom operators to exclude Huawei, ZTE network equipment

Japan's top 3 telecom operators to exclude Huawei, ZTE network equipment

The decision came on the heels of a December 7 announcement by the Japanese government banning government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE, in order to increase its defense against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.

A SoftBank Group Corp spokesman said Japan's third-largest telco was closely watching government policy and is continuing to consider its options.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip said on Friday that Europe should be anxious about Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications equipment makers because they pose risks to the bloc's industry and security. KDDI also does not use Huawei equipment in its "core" network, a spokeswoman said, adding it does not use any ZTE network equipment.

Neither Docomo nor KDDI use Chinese equipment for their 4G network, according to Nikkei.

On Monday, Tokyo released a document concerning the government's policy over cyber security.

ZTE declined to comment on the report. Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.

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Today's South China Morning Post (via Android Authority) reveals that a Chinese outfit named Menpad, a Shenzhen based LCD display maker that is a Huawei supplier, is trying to get back at the U.S. The company will fine any employee that buys an Apple iPhone an amount equal to the market price of the model purchased.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China has already had "communication" with Japan about the issue. The news came up amid Washington's tight supervision over the Chinese company, following concerns that Beijing is using Huawei as a spying tool.

"We believe that Chinese companies' normal operating activities should not be treated in a discriminatory way", he added.

SoftBank, which has a long relationship with Huawei and has partnered the firm in 5G trials, was the biggest decliner among the three telcos on Monday.

Around the world, one telecom company after another has announced plans to reject 5G equipment from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.

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