The government has now decided to preclude two Chinese telecommunication equipment giants, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. from its procurement. In this regard, the government will give explanations to private-sector infrastructure operators in January next year, Sankei Shimbun learned on Dec. 17. The two companies are suspected of being connected with Chinese intelligence agencies. The fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications system will offer a transmission speed 100 times faster than that currently available. Amid the 5G rollout drawing near, the government, in order to cope with cyberattacks and reduce other risks, aims to shut out the two companies by having infrastructure operators, including power stations, railways, financial institutions and others, understand the government’s policy (Abridged).