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2022 in review: Replacing Huawei2022 in review: Replacing Huawei

A years-long effort to stymie China's Huawei has begun to show signs of paying off, with the company facing closed markets, equipment replacement programs and prohibitions on its suppliers.

The Staff

December 29, 2022

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2022 in review: Replacing Huawei

Regulators in the US and elsewhere have been warning about equipment from China's Huawei for more than a decade. But those warnings grew into a chorus during the Trump administration in the US, driving a deliberate political campaign to rid the US market of Huawei equipment and then, ultimately, from the global communications market.

At the core of the issue are fears that Chinese spies can use Huawei equipment for espionage. Huawei officials reject that argument, but the situation has nonetheless gathered momentum over the past several years.

During 2022, the push against Huawei reached a fever pitch, with regulators in the US, Germany, the UK and elsewhere moving to block the company from business, and to remove the company's equipment from domestic networks. That endeavor has also stretched into Huawei's core operations, with efforts to prevent US-based companies from supplying Huawei with the core components and technologies it needs to build its products.

Figure 1: (Source: Karlis Dambrans on Flickr, CC 2.0) (Source: Karlis Dambrans on Flickr, CC 2.0)

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1/13/22 – Looks like no respite for Huawei from Biden
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1/21/22 – Lumen gets ready to rip out Huawei gear
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2/8/22 – Odds shorten on Huawei 5G ban in Czech Republic
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2/22/22 – Huawei to be stopped from selling fiber products in UK
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3/28/22 – Huawei is slowly being strangled
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4/4/22 – What's gone wrong at Huawei enterprise?
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5/20/22 – Canada officially gives Huawei and ZTE the boot
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6/9/22 – Huawei's big role in open source threatens new security backlash
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7/4/22 – Ericsson to replace Huawei at T-Mobile Netherlands
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7/13/22 – India tightens restrictions on Huawei, ZTE
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9/13/22 – Mavenir is replacing Huawei in Deutsche Telekom's core
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10/28/22 – DZS's new PON system targets Huawei rip-and-replace bonanza
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