Around the world, one telecom company after another has announced plans to reject 5G equipment from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.
SoftBank is the only major player in Japan to use Huawei and ZTE equipment in its 4G network and conducted 5G trials with both vendors, Nikkei Asian Review said.
A week ago sources disclosed to Reuters that Japan meant to prohibit government buys of gear from Huawei and ZTE to guarantee quality in its barriers against insight spills and digital assaults.
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The decision comes amid concerns about security breaches that have already prompted the United States and some other counties to ban the two Chinese companies from supplying infrastructure products.
Huawei did not react to Reuters' ask for input, while ZTE declined to remark.
"We have noticed that recently some people in some countries have expressed concerns over the "possible" threat of Huawei to their national security, but none has provided any convincing evidence to prove it", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing in Beijing. Huawei has just been bolted out of the USA market, and Australia and New Zealand have blocked it from building 5G systems in the midst of worries of its conceivable connections with China's legislature.
To show their nationalistic pride and support for Chinese companies, Menpad has also said that they will cease to buy any American products such as office equipment, computers and cars.
Earlier, SoftBank's Japanese telecoms unit priced its IPO at an indicated 1,500 yen ($13.31) per share and said it will sell an extra 160 million shares to meet solid demand, raising about $23.5 billion in Japan's biggest-ever IPO.