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.
The partnership will provide Samsung with access to the Japanese market and NEC with its first hardware foray outside of its home market.
The vendor would have been No. 3 behind Huawei and Ciena in worldwide optical networking hardware sales. Instead, Nokia snared that spot.
The government argues that 5G blurs the line between the core network and the edge network, making security more challenging.
That swing was attributed to the impact of being banned from purchasing U.S. components and $1.4 billion in total fines ZTE agreed to pay to the U.S. government to lift the ban.
A former Huawei employee says he was fired for refusing to use a fake company name to gain access to the private TIP gathering. Huawei says this is just a labor dispute, and the claims are groundless.
Wireless carriers say not being able to use Huawei equipment would “gravely impair” their ability to do business. And they can’t afford to “rip and replace” their equipment.
The sudden absence of a major telecom vendor has caused some big ripple effects. For instance, ZTE pulled out of Mobile World Congress in Shanghai this week.