Increased Investment into Open RAN Initiatives Show the Democratization of the Telco Supply Chain Is Well Underway

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By Leo Gergs | 1Q 2021 | IN-6087


Vendor Restrictions Are Disrupting the Telco Supply Chain


The rollout of 5G in the consumer domain is well underway and continuing to take shape, with more than 160 operators globally having launched 5G services. Meanwhile, governments, public bodies, and regulators are beginning to understand 5G as critical infrastructure. Consequently, there is fierce debate about the security of 5G equipment from different vendors and to what extent their involvement in the 5G rollout should or should not be restricted.

Most notably, this has manifested itself in a discussion about so-called "high risk" vendors and whether to exclude them from the rollout of 5G networks. While the debate about the security of Huawei devices dates back to the early 2000s, it became more dynamic in 2018, when then-director of U.S. national intelligence, Dan Coats, actively warned the United States about purchasing Huawei and ZTE products for security reasons. Because of these alleged security problems, as well as geopolitical concerns (the alleged breach of U.S. American sanctions toward Iran, among others), the United States was the fir…

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