Huawei to join forces with China Mobile

Chinese telecoms equipment maker

Huawei Technologies Co is joining forces

with China Mobile to potentially enter a dispute to buy struggling Brazilian carrier Oi SA,

in an attempt to boost its footprint in Latin America’s largest market,O Globo news website reported on Saturday.

According to the media outlet,

both Chinese companies anticipatea significant growth in business.

once Brazil starts deploying its fifth-generation wireless.

Oi declined to comment on the matter, while Huawei and China Mobile did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Brazil’s largest fixed-line carrier has been struggling to turnaround its business since it filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2016 to restructure approximately 65 billion reais of debt.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that, while negotiating its mobile network with Spain’s Telefonica

and Telecom Italia SpA, Oi is also involved in preliminary talks with AT&T Inc and another Chinese company.

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