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SlideshowUK PM Is Right: Where Is Huawei Alternative?

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) having the time of his life with US President Donald Trump.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) having the time of his life with US President Donald Trump.

Director60363 1/16/2020 | 5:00:21 AM
Vodafone argument is false Most of the UK Network Operators are part of larger Global Groups so to say that Vodafone UK can’t go for Ericsson or Nokia is a false argument. Their parent group can always play UK against Spain or South America, etc.
gategore 1/16/2020 | 2:22:04 AM
Re: Disruptors and other threats Yet neither of the Nordic vendors has been covering itself in glory of late: Ericsson has just agreed to hand over $1 billion to US authorities to settle numerous international charges of bribery and corruption between 2000 and 2016; Online moto x3m game!
ethertype 1/15/2020 | 6:13:30 PM
UK PM is Wrong: There are Plenty of Huawei Alternatives Stupid click-bait headline got me. I thought, "Seriously? Does LR not understand that there are perfectly viable alternatives to Huawei?"

And then I read the article and found that it clearly lays out all of the alternatives.

Not satisified with Ericsson and Nokia? Well then, it's high time for Samsung to be given a legitimate opportunity to break into the top tier.

Want even more choice? Do the ACTUAL WORK to help define, build and deploy open, disaggregated alternatives.

If you claim that you must have Huawei as a supplier, and the world will end if you can't, then you are clearly too lazy to keep your job.

The only alternative hypothesis is that you are so thoroughly corrupted and in Huawei's pocket that you can't understand. As Upton Sinclair famously said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
Duh! 1/15/2020 | 1:34:27 PM
Disruptors and other threats I wouldn't write off the OpenRAN vendors as strategic alternatives to Huawei. The operators are putting too much energy into that effort, including opening their labs to disruptors. True that there are teething pains. History shows that more often than not, those are temporary. More likely than not, at least one of them will get to GA, major supply contracts and large-scale commercial deployment.

The motivation is margin compression.  Just as Huawei and ZTE "bought" themselves into international markets by undercutting established European and North American rivals, they are vulnerable to undercutting from low margin white box hardware. Some operators have effectively made that a cornerstone of their 5G strategy. Margin compression, of course, is one of the main factors behind the consolidation of the equipment market.

On a slightly different topic: if one wanted to mount an eavesdropping attack against, say, a military target, one would probably do so in the RAN, not the core. Specifically, the CU or perhaps an edge/aggregation router. Sorting individual flows out of a highly aggregated stream is not an easy task to perform, much less cover up. That gives rise to doubts that allowing Huawei into the RAN would solve the alleged problem. An RU or DU might be a lesser risk.
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