He points out how China's approach to mobile services and applications competition is stuck firmly in the past, while innovators elsewhere explore the potential that communications networks, the cloud, and open applications development platforms can deliver.
Optical Chinese vendors and service providers also have done quite a lot of 100G, and earlier than some companies elsewhere. ZTE and Huawei both seem to have made 100G and 400G innovations at early stages.
Re: Crunch time re comms control China has the rest of the world's network infrastructure to "innovate" with. As Robert points out, open competition in telecom services is not in the best interest of the authorities. The question is how far unsanctioned apps and services can push the boundaries.
Crunch time re comms control Robert raises some really interesting issues... there is so much potential in China but how long can the authorities there hold back innovation and keep the country relevant in what is increasingly a comms-driven global economy?
The optical components specialist had its world turned upside down by the US ban on selling tech to Huawei. Can it regain its feet? Might it even get swallowed up in further components sector consolidation?
The big noise in Barcelona was, of course, anything and everything to do with 5G, but in the background there were signs that some companies are embracing the potential of the public cloud as they determine their next-generation technology and services strategies.