China’s Huawei signed a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year on Wednesday.
Agreements were signed on the sides during a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
MTS said in a statement that the deal will see “the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth generation networks in 2019-2020.”
Huawei’s Guo Ping stated he was “very happy” with the agreement “in an area of strategic importance like 5G”.
Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant has been in disorder since May, when the Trump administration banned US companies from selling high-tech equipment to Huawei over suspicions it is spying for Beijing.
Several experts say the US decision, to come into full swing within three months, threatens the survival of the company, which is highly dependent on US chips for its phones.
Several companies have already dissociated themselves from Huawei, including Google, whose Android system equips the vast majority of smartphones in the world.
Huawei’s reported potential connection in Britain’s 5G network has proved politically sensitive and Theresa May’s government insists no decision has been made on the issue.