ZTE, Huawei push 5G-ready gear in Japan

Telecommunication giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE are gently providing a helping hand in the development of 5G network infrastructure in Japan. Industry sources says that devices from Huawei and ZTE is involved in the commercial roll-out of world’s first Massive Mimo technology in Japan.

SoftBank Corp has stated their 5G project last Friday and they are reported to deploy Massive Mimo tech. as a part of their project for 5G connectivity and mobile services which is going to be launched in 2020. SoftBank Corp. is a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp, and is affiliated with Wireless City Planning in Japan.

The Massive Mimo is the key technology for future 5G network and it is in actual a large scale antenna system that is going to power 5G systems.Though 5G standards are still under development phase.

“The SoftBank-branded equipment used in that implementation in over 100 urban base stations in Japan is really a mix of ZTE and Huawei network products,”

Sources said. “It shows the operator’s confidence in the technologies from the two Chinese suppliers, both of which happen to be under investigation by US authorities.”

In the month of June, at the Huawei headquarters in Plano and Texas a node has been opened by the US Department of Commerce over the shipment of telecommunication devices with American technology to other nations like North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and Iran which are exclusively subjected to severe and venerable US export controls.

That inquiry trailed the agency’s investigation of ZTE earlier this year over its so-called sale of telecommunications tools containing US hi-tech components to Iran in 2011. In March the US stricken ZTE with restrictions on obtaining components from American suppliers for its suspected violation of export controls on Iran.

In the month of August the US approved ZTE its third three-month pardon since March from those restraints.

Spokesmen for Hong Kong-listed ZTE and confidentially held Huawei wilted to comment directly on SoftBank’s 5G project when communicated by the South China Morning Post.

Nevertheless, the two Shenzhen-based companies distinctlyindicated that each had signed a memorandum of understanding with SoftBank last year for the research, development and evaluation of key technologies that support upcomming 5G mobile services.

Shares of ZTE glided 1.33 per cent to close at HK$11.84 in stock market on Tuesday.

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