Huawei pushes 5G across Southeast Asia

November 04, 2019

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BANGKOK: Chinese phone giant Huawei said on Sunday it was ready to roll out 5G infrastructure across Southeast Asia, dismissing US warnings its tech could be used to hoover up data for Beijing.

The firm has emerged as a key protagonist in the wider US-China trade war that has seen tit-for-tat tariffs imposed on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods.

President Donald Trump’s administration has warned Huawei’s equipment could allow China to spy on other countries and has effectively blocked American companies from selling US technology to the firm.

But the company has repeatedly denied the accusations, saying it is the victim of tech envy.

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off the cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by the China’s biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei.

“China and the US now is in the trade war and also there is some kind of technology war (which) Huawei is very focused on at the moment,” said Huawei vice-president Edward Zhou at the Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) summit on Sunday.

Published in Dawn, November 4th, 2019