The ban imposed on Huawei by the US government has affected the Chinese tech giant and the company is still counting its lost. Since the ban, the company has lost the chance of doing business with some of the big players in the tech industry. Now the company appears to have lost another business partner in Kenya.
According to reports, Kenya’s largest telecom operator, Safaricom, has announced on Tuesday that it will suspend deployment of its new Huawei-powered fifth-generation (5G) mobile network. While the telecom giant didn’t give any reason, it is believed that its decision, may be due to security concerns.
Safaricom decision is coming as a surprise considering the fact that the company has already completed testing and trials of the new network’s high-speed mobile connections. The company’s CEO Peter Ndegwa who spoke to newsmen about the company decision said that it is focusing on converting millions of existing 2G and 3G customers to 4G service instead.
It was expected that Safaricom would make it 5G service available to customers by the end of 2020 or sometime in the first quarter of this year. The new decision is still a shock to many as the company and the Kenyan government have both been staunch supporters of Huawei until now.
Huawei has not officially commented on the Safaricom 5G decision. It is believed that the US government increasing worldwide campaign to discourage countries from doing business with Huawei may have affected the Kenya’s telecom giant decision. The US government has targeted the Chinese company due to its close ties to the Chinese military and intelligence communities as well as the Communist Party.