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US ultimatum over Huawei 5G ban not working in Southeast Asia

5g News - Published on Mon, 22 Apr 2019

Image Source: South China Morning Post
South China Morning Post reported that while in the West the battles is on against using Huawei equipment’s in 5G roll out, in Southeast Asia, where Huawei estimates there will be 80 million customers within the next year and USD 1.2 trillion of business opportunities over the next five years. Thailand hopes to roll out a Huawei-led 5G service by 2020 and is already carrying out joint research with the firm in its hi-tech Sriracha district; Singapore’s M1 service, Malaysia’s Maxis and Indonesia’s Telkomsel have all signed up to trial services with the company; and in the Philippines, a Huawei-backed service is to be introduced by the leading wireless provider Globe Telecom as soon as the second quarter of this year. As more countries like Malaysia embrace doing business with Huawei, some warn Washington may have to come to terms with a future in which it is not the only superpower in the region – or face losing even more influence.

Mr Koh Chee Koon, an ex-consultant for Huawei, said carriers in Southeast Asia were far less likely than their counterparts in the West to take notice of American fears. e noted that even the US’ treaty partners the Philippines and Thailand were going ahead with partnerships with the Chinese giant – despite suggestions that doing so would put at risk their military cooperation with the US.

It’s not just that countries in Southeast Asia are less suspicious of China’s motives. Many have been seduced by its technological prowess. Huawei claims a 12 to 18 month advantage over its competitors, promising those who sign up to its technology the fastest and most advanced 5G networks in the world. And not only is its technology more advanced that its Western competitors, it comes at a fraction of the cost – especially for those nations already using Huawei technology in their existing communications infrastructure.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Mon, 22 Apr 2019
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