Report: EU report accuses Huawei, ZTE of competing unfairly in mobile gear

The European group is debating whether to launch an investigation of the Chinese companies, The Wall Street Journal reported

Chinese networking vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE are competing unfairly in the European mobile infrastructure market, according to an analysis being circulated by the European Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The analysis said the two companies receive preferential financing from the Chinese government, which gives them an unfair advantage against European mobile equipment companies, the newspaper reported. The Journal said it had reviewed a copy of the analysis, which was being circulated among national governments.

The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union. Officials are now trying to decide whether to launch a full investigation of the Chinese companies, at the risk of setting off a trade war with China, the article said.

Financing plays an important part in the mobile infrastructure business, which involves massive network deployments on the promise of future services revenue.

Telecommunications vendors have cited Huawei and ZTE as among the forces driving down mobile equipment prices over the past several years. The two companies, especially Huawei, have faced political opposition in the U.S. that has hurt their attempts to win large contracts with U.S. carriers. A congressional committee charged earlier this year that products from the two companies could expose vital U.S. infrastructure to cyberespionage or cyberattacks.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

Tags Huawei Technologiestelecommunicationeuropean commissioneuropean unionZTElegalgovernmentmobile

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?