Japanese mobile carriers postpone release of Huawei phones

Japanese mobile carriers postpone release of Huawei phones

TOKYO

Two of Japan’s top mobile phone carriers said Wednesday they will delay releasing new handsets made by Huawei after a U.S. ban on American companies selling technology to the Chinese tech giant.

KDDI and SoftBank Corp, the country’s number two and number three carriers respectively, said the decision was taken to give them time to assess the impact of the U.S. ban.

The country’s biggest carrier, NTT Docomo, said it was also considering similar action.

SoftBank had been due to release a Huawei-made smartphone on Friday, but halted the release “because we are currently trying to confirm if our customers will be able to use the equipment with a sense of safety”, company spokesman Hiroyuki Mizukami told AFP.

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