A 5G network cellphone tower in Beijing on April 7, 2020. The bulk of 5G hardware contracts continue to go to Shenzhen-based giants Huawei and ZTE as international tensions hurt their prospects overseas. Photo: AFP
A 5G network cellphone tower in Beijing on April 7, 2020. The bulk of 5G hardware contracts continue to go to Shenzhen-based giants Huawei and ZTE as international tensions hurt their prospects overseas. Photo: AFP
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Huawei, ZTE win China Mobile contract for converged 5G and 4G network, leaving out foreign suppliers

  • Huawei and ZTE will each build half the US$1 billion converged 5G and 4G network of the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers
  • The deal signals yet another vote of confidence for US sanctions-hit Huawei and limited headway in China for foreign telecoms gear makers

A 5G network cellphone tower in Beijing on April 7, 2020. The bulk of 5G hardware contracts continue to go to Shenzhen-based giants Huawei and ZTE as international tensions hurt their prospects overseas. Photo: AFP
A 5G network cellphone tower in Beijing on April 7, 2020. The bulk of 5G hardware contracts continue to go to Shenzhen-based giants Huawei and ZTE as international tensions hurt their prospects overseas. Photo: AFP

Corrected [3:39pm, 7 Oct, 2021]

  • [3:39pm, 7 Oct, 2021]

    This story has been corrected to reflect that Huawei and ZTE each bid about US$1.2 billion for the full China Mobile contract. A previous version incorrectly stated they were each awarded half of a US$2.2 billion contract.

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