“It’s extremely important to avoid buying equipment that includes malicious functions like stealing or destroying information or halting information systems,” Nikkei reported Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying.

SoftBank’s decision comes days after reports that the Japanese government is planning to stop buying equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE for its offices and military forces.

SoftBank’s latest move reflects rising concerns about security leaks and other issues.

Last week, British multinational telecoms company BT confirmed it has been removing Huawei equipment from the core of its 3G and 4G networks since 2016, and will be excluding the Chinese company when selecting vendors for its 5G core.

Australia and New Zealand have also banned Huawei from participating in building their 5G networks.

Read Nikkei Asian Review’s story on SoftBank’s decision to remove Huawei equipment.


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