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Carrier KDDI Corp. has selected Nokia Corp. of Finland and Sweden’s Ericsson to be equipment providers for its new fifth-generation, or 5G, high-speed network, the two northern European companies announced.

Amid intensifying U.S.-China competition for dominance in the technology industry, KDDI chose to exclude equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co. from its 5G network. KDDI’s commercial operations will start in Japan next March at the earliest.

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