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South Africa’s Largest Mobile Telcos Brush Aside U.S. Concerns About Huawei 5G Equipment


Three of South Africa’s largest mobile operators do not seem that concerned by U.S. efforts to discourage companies and countries around the world from using equipment made by the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The companies, Vodacom, MTN, and Rain, all said they’re comfortable integrating Huawei networking equipment into their next-generation 5G voice and data services that are now starting to hit the market.

Last week, the United States introduced a new effort to provide state-backed financing to telecom companies around the world to entice them away from Chinese-made technology. But based on the feedback from these telcos it doesn’t appear that the new U.S. program will be that popular in South Africa.

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