Huawei ban to have 'little impact' on Philippine telcos: gov't

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2019 03:25 PM

A salesman turns on a new Huawei P30 smartphone for a customer after Huawei's P30 and P30 Pro went on sale at a Huawei store in Beijing, China, April 11, 2019. Jason Lee, Reuters

MANILA -- Huawei's blacklisting in the US will have "little impact" on the Philippines, where local carriers pledged to diversify their hardware sources, the Department of Information and Communications Technology said Thursday.

Manila also has tools to protect telecommunications infrastructure, the DICT said in a statement. Globe and PLDT Inc both use Huawei in their networks and have tapped the Shenzhen-based tech giant for their 5G rollouts.

"This may affect the supply chain of the Chinese company but it will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry," the DICT said. 

"The local telcos have made pronouncements that they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof," it said. 

President Donald Trump banned US firms from supplying software and hardware components to Huawei, prompting Google to suspend its business with the Chinese firm that produces smartphones that ran on Android OS.

-- with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News