Huawei and ZTE's list of woes continue as Germany, Canada, Poland, and the U.S. all appear to be working to impose new bans.
The report, which was sourced by ZTE, does admit that its findings aren’t likely to change the minds of many operators.
The indictment alleges bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and attempts to circumvent standing sanctions against Iran.
Huawei and ZTE are vying for supremacy in China’s 5G R&D trials against the backdrop of an increasingly hostile international environment.
The German government is said to be planning measures that would basically block Huawei from participating in future 5G networks.
Huawei and ZTE have gained unwelcome notoriety on the global stage of late, but in their home market of China at least they are able to move ahead with 5G development plans.
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William Plummer, Huawei’s former VP of external affairs, said that company needs to diversify its leadership and not solely rely on Chinese nationals in its relations with the U.S.
The $26 billion deal sits about halfway through the FCC's informal timeline for its review process.
Some sources told the Wall Street Journal that Ericsson and Nokia have been slow to capitalize on Huawei’s woes.
ZTE's year included claims of espionage, direct intervention from President Donald Trump, a growing list of countries banning use of its equipment, and a $1 billion hit to its bottom line.
The report cited a divergent business path compared with Nokia and hinted at a potential upside for Ericsson due to continued geo-political issues for Huawei and ZTE.
Huawei continues to dominate the worldwide market, with Ciena tops in North America.
The Chinese vendor managed to shrug off procurement challenges during the first half of the year tied to a U.S. government ban on ZTE acquiring components from U.S. manufacturers.
It's no surprise that groups representing wireless workers claim the merger will cost American jobs. But connecting T-Mobile and Sprint to possible security risks related to China is a new angle that could have an impact on the deal.