06/25/2020, 17.08
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5G internet networks: Singapore says no to Huawei

The Chinese telecom giant will remain in Singapore through small local operator. The city-state does not want to take sides in the Sino-US technology row. For the Trump administration, Huawei is controlled by China’s military. The number of countries excluding the Chinese company is growing.

Singapore (AsiaNews) – Singapore's biggest telecom operators will not use Huawei's 5G network technology. The Chinese telecom giant has been accused by the United States of spying on behalf of China.

Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran announced today that Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and StarHub have picked Ericsson and Nokia - two European providers - to develop the country’s telecom network.

Huawei still has a presence in the Singapore market through TPG Telecom’s smaller, local network system.

Singapore did not exclude any company from being vendors for the countrywide roll-out of high-speed 5G technology, and the decision by its companies were based on market requirements.

For analysts, the city-state has been careful not to take sides in the conflict between the United States and China. Following US accusations against Huawei, many countries have reassessed buying its 5G system.

Reuters has reported that the Trump administration has placed Huawei on a list of 20 Chinese companies owned or controlled by China’s military. The report was recently sent to Congress.

Now the US president can impose new financial sanctions against the telecom giant, including freezing its assets in the United States. At present, Huawei cannot sell on the US market or do business with US companies.

Washington has also introduced sanctions against foreign companies that sell technology, especially microchips, to the Chinese telecom.

Japan, Taiwan and Australia have already banned Huawei from their 5G systems. Like Canada, New Zealand is moving in the same direction, and appears poised to develop high-speed internet bandwidth with the help of European companies.

The United Kingdom is also considering excluding Huawei. British authorities initially stated that they plan to limit the use of Chinese technology to peripheral elements of its future 5G network.

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