Huawei, ZTE Spook Sprint?
Citing "people familiar with the matter," the article says that Sprint eliminated Huawei and ZTE from the selection process even though the vendors submitted bids that were lower than the other three companies vying for the deal, namely Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC). Sprint's target budget for the network upgrade is between US$5 billion and $7 billion, and some of the bids came in as high as $8.5 billion.
Huawei has gone to great lengths to break into a Tier 1 US operator and to allay security fears in Washington. For example, the company hired the Amerilink Telecom Corp. consultancy, which was founded by former vice chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff Bill Owens; took on former Bush administration official John Bellinger as an advisor; and appointed industry executive Matt Bross as CTO. (See Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA, US Gets Worried About Huawei , Huawei's Latest US Offensive, Matt Bross Joins Huawei as CTO, and No Way Huawei? )
According to The WSJ report, though, Huawei will not have a Sprint contract to show for all of those efforts.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile