BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service Pcl (ADVANC.BK) said on Tuesday Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] was among five companies bidding to build its 5G core networks as it ramped up investments this year.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Advance Info Service Public Company Limited is pictured at its office building in central Bangkok, Thailand, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
AIS’s disclosure came as the British government ordered Huawei equipment to be eliminated from the country’s 5G network by 2027 following U.S. calls on its allies to exclude the Chinese company on security grounds.
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.
AIS is near the final stage of selecting vendors from a list including Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST), Finland’s Nokia (NOKIA.HE