US Blocks Huawei LTE Bid

7:30 AM Now the Chinese vendor wants some answers

Michelle Donegan, Contributing Editor, Light Reading

October 12, 2011

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US Blocks Huawei LTE Bid

7:30 AM -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 's latest effort to bid for a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network deal in the U.S. has been blocked by the U.S. government over national security concerns, The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday. And now, Huawei wants to know why.

A U.S. Commerce Department spokesman said Huawei will not participate in building the national wireless network for emergency services "due to U.S. government national-security concerns," according to the report.

Huawei is asking the U.S. government to explain what those concerns are and how it reached this decision. The vendor intimated that such decisions could threaten Huawei's future investment in the country, according to a Bloomberg report.

The project that Huawei has been barred from is the 700MHz LTE public safety demonstration network for emergency first-responders such as police and firefighters.

The news emerged just as Huawei launched a new Android tablet for the U.S. market and revealed its ambition to be one of the top five device suppliers in the country within the next three years. (See Huawei's Springboard Into the US?)

Here's a look back at the Huawei's U.S. efforts:

  • Android & the Promise of LTE Boost Huawei

  • US Gets Worried About Huawei

  • Huawei, ZTE Spook Sprint?

  • Clearwire Confirms Huawei Deal

  • Huawei Grabs 2 Deals in the US



— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Contributing Editor, Light Reading

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry on both sides of the Pond for the past twenty years.

Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications, including Communications Week International, Total Telecom, Light Reading, Telecom Titans and more.

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