Top Japanese telecom companies have decided not to use equipment from Chinese companies to develop 5G mobile phone networks after Tokyo has announced a veto to them over concerns about its safety.
Softbank, NTT Docomo and KDDI will dispense with Chinese technology to deploy the next-generation mobile infrastructure, as well as e-commerce giant Rakuten, which plans to enter the telecommunications industry next year, the paper said today. Nikkei economical.
The blockade of the Japanese private sector to the Chinese companies is in agreement with the exclusion of these of the public contracts by the Executive, a measure that was confirmed the day before by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"It is extremely important that we avoid buying equipment that includes malicious functions, such as theft or destruction of data or the suspension of systems, "Abe told reporters in the Japanese media after the government approved the move on Monday at a meeting on cybersecurity.
Although the Executive has not alluded to any particular company or country, the veto will mainly affect Huawei and ZTEtwo Chinese companies that were subject to a similar ban in Washington and that had major projects in Japan to develop 5G networks and other equipment.
The Japanese government's move comes amid growing international pressure on Chinese companies because of its alleged security breaches and its link to Beijing's intelligence, intensified by the recent arrest in Canada of a Huawei executive at the request of the United States . .
Tokyo, however, has been very cautious to avoid harming its relations with Beijing, which are under reconstruction.
Executive spokesman Yoshihide Suga said yesterday that Japan "does not intend to exclude companies from any particular country" and said that Tokyo will act "according to international rules."
Japan's Softbank employs Huawei technology in its current 4G network and has had a cooperation project with that company for the 5G, a new connectivity system that will be commercially launched in 2020 in Japan.
NTT Docomo and KDDI currently do not use Chinese equipment, although the first company has worked with Huawei on a 5G system in the testing phase.