Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS announces Huawei bidding for 5G

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service Pcl (AIS) has announced that Huawei Technologies was among five companies bidding to build its 5G core networks as it ramped up investments this year. Thailand, the United States’ oldest ally in Asia, has said it would not exclude Chinese vendors from building its 5G infrastructure, but would stay mindful of any security issues. “We are in the process of selecting vendors for the proper 5G core networks,” AIS president Hui Weng Cheong said, naming the five companies. Last month, Singapore’s telecoms operators said they had selected Nokia and Ericsson over Huawei to build 5G core networks. AIS shareholder Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) said it chose Ericsson to negotiate the provision of core and other networks.

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