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It was my understanding that Huawei had been banned from the U.S. due to security risks. (Include ZTE, also).
In December 2013, Huawei's CEO made the following statement, "We are not interested in the US market anymore."
So, how did the 'rural build-out' come to fruition with Huawei as the supplier ?
What other companies were part of the bidding process ? (Did Cisco / Juniper walk away from this because of low margins / profits ?)
Next, I cannot confirm if Huawei equipment has been 'pirated' from other vendors. This is obviously copyright/patent infringement. From what was recently stated by Huawei in their 2013 preliminary results..., "As a global leader in LTE technology, Huawei has been the recipient of multiple prestigious industry awards, including recognition for most innovative network and best commercial network globally. Huawei is also a pioneer in 5G technologies and the company is committed to investing USD 600 million by 2018 in support of research and innovation into 5G mobile network technologies. Huawei's 400G core router technology is one of the most technologically-advanced in the industry worldwide."
It is doubtful Huawei is investing such a large sum, and yet be pirating at the same time. (Not playing 'the babe in the woods routine' here..., patent battles are pervasive - just look at Apple and Samsung).
I cannot verify, nor substantiate whether Huawei intentionally 'low-balls' other bids to get their 'foot in the door' only to return to the same customer stating additional work is required to complete the build-out. I can only surmise that in a rural area, there is to be expected some complications.
Not defending Huawei; just looking at facts as objectively as possible. Again, any clarification would be helpful.