Huawei and the 5G revolution: No fears in Thailand, Philippines but Malaysia studying the risks

Malaysia is putting its 5G network plans on hold until the government determines whether Huawei would be allowed to build the country's high-speed broadband network infrastructure.
Malaysia is putting its 5G network plans on hold until the government determines whether Huawei would be allowed to build the country's high-speed broadband network infrastructure.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Fears of espionage over the use of 5G technology from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE have not gripped major South-east Asian economies as hard as it has in the West.

In Thailand, Asean's second-largest economy, Huawei is a key partner in the government's ambition to turn an area east of Bangkok into a hub of digital innovation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'No fears in Thailand, Philippines but Malaysia studying the risks'. Print Edition | Subscribe