Malaysia’s 5G plan advances, a potential boon for China’s Huawei

The Malaysian government said it was not averse to letting its telecom companies work with China's Huawei. (AP)
Updated 24 September 2019

Malaysia’s 5G plan advances, a potential boon for China’s Huawei

  • Huawei already has preliminary 5G agreements with Malaysian telecom companies
  • The Malaysian government said it wants to start rolling out the ultra-fast mobile Internet service

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will start a nationwide demonstration of 5G projects next month, a minister said on Tuesday, indicating it was on track to become one of the first Asian countries to launch the technology.
The government has said it wants to start rolling out the ultra-fast mobile Internet service early next year, and unlike Vietnam and some developed nations, is not averse to letting its telecom companies work with China’s Huawei.
Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, was put on a US blacklist in May after Washington said its equipment could be used for spying, a charge the company denies.
That put pressure on many other countries to follow suit. But Malaysia, a nation of 32 million people, has said it is not concerned about the spying allegations, focusing instead on the relative affordability of Huawei products.
“It is hoped that Malaysia’s early commitment to 5G, to rapidly deploying 5G test beds and nationwide demonstration projects, will position the country as one of the leaders of 5G adoption in the world,” Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia’s minister of communications and multimedia, told an industry event.
Huawei already has preliminary 5G agreements with Malaysian companies such as Axiata’s Celcom, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and Maxis Bhd.
The Shenzhen, China-based company expects the memorandums of understanding (MoU) to lead to contracts, a Huawei official said.
“We are ready cooperate with our partners as Malaysia prepares to launch 5G services,” he said on condition of anonymity because of company policy. “Our strengths are our technology, cost and delivery.”
Huawei’s main competitor in 5G is Sweden’s Ericsson , which together with Celcom powered the first 5G hologram call in Malaysia in April. The other major players in the sector are Finnish company Nokia and China’s ZTE .
China’s big three state telcos are racing to roll out 5G services in more than 50 cities this year, following countries like South Korea and the United States that have already started the service, which promises to support new technologies such as autonomous driving.


Trump calls for World Bank to stop lending to China

Updated 07 December 2019

Trump calls for World Bank to stop lending to China

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday called for the World Bank to stop giving loans to China, one day after the institution adopted a lending plan to Beijing over Washington’s objections.
The World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025. The plan calls for lending to “gradually decline” from the previous five-year average of $1.8 billion.
“Why is the World Bank loaning money to China? Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don’t, they create it. STOP!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.
Spokespeople for the White House and the World Bank did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The World Bank loaned China $1.3 billion in the fiscal 2019 year, which ended on June 30, a decrease from around $2.4 billion in fiscal 2017.
But the fall in the World Bank’s loans to China is not swift enough for the Trump administration, which has argued that Beijing is too wealthy for international aid.