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Pushback expected from telcos across the world over Huawei ban

The United States has been on a mission to prevent its allies from using 5G mobile systems supplied by Huawei Technologies for fear that China could use its equipment for espionage.

But pushback is expected from telcos around the world. This is because Huawei not only sells equipment which is said to be about 10 per cent cheaper than its rivals', but also has widespread "lock-in" to its technology for a cheap and quick migration to 5G.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Pushback expected from telcos across the world over Huawei ban'. Print Edition | Subscribe