The U.S. Government Is Making the Telecom Infrastructure Market Western Again

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4Q 2018 | IN-5340


Increasing Security Concerns and Political Pressure Against Chinese Vendors


Ken Hu, the deputy chairman of Huawei, recently stated that the 5G era has stepped into the next phase and is ready. Huawei is leading the 5G market, and commercial deployments have already started in 2018. According to Mr. Hu, the Chinese giant has shipped more than 10,000 5G-capable base stations worldwide, and the company is already testing 5G networks with 154 Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) in 66 countries.

Despite Huawei’s market-leading position (according to vendors’ annual reports, Huawei has a 46% revenue market share from network infrastructure among the top four vendors in 2017) and well-positioned 5G product portfolio, the company is constantly in the spotlight regarding privacy concerns. The U.S. government has persistently been restricting the Chinese vendors for years. As we have discussed in a previous foresight (Huawei and ZTE Ban in Australia Will Affect the Global Market), Australia started the trend this past August and effectively banned Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G technology due to …

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