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Clearwire to Buy Huawei Gear

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 11, 2009

On Aug. 11, emerging wireless services provider Clearwire announced it selected Huawei as a provider of certain wireless networking gear. Huawei joins vendors Motorola and Samsung, which have already signed up to provide Clearwire with base stations that transmit wireless signals at cell sites. “It’s another proof that we are serious about the North American market,” Charlie Chen, senior vice president of marketing & product management for Huawei USA tells

The deal is the latest win for Huawei, which has been trying to break into the North American market for years. This spring, it won a contract to provide cable company Cox with wireless equipment. It provides equipment to Canada’s Telus and Bell. Clearly, Alcatel Lucent, Motorola, Ericsson and other vendors have got to watch out.

Already, Huawei’s win at Clearwire promises to reduce the pie for the other vendors, Motorola and Samsung. “The size of the opportunity [for each vendor] will be driven by their performance and costs,” John Saw, chief technology officer for Clearwire, tells And Huawei, which is based in China, is renowned for its lower costs.

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Reader Comments


August 11, 2009 04:53 PM

Should we enroll in Mandarin?


August 12, 2009 02:39 AM

so next then let they easily hack our network and steal the money and state secrets ??


August 12, 2009 05:58 AM

Huawei is renowned for lower costs becuase it simply rips off Cisco's gear.
Cisco should be granted an exemption by the US government to infringe any potential Huawei patent for the next 10 years.


August 29, 2009 09:45 AM

Huawei should just go ahead and buy cisco,then all these lies about IP fringement can go away. If the US govt blocks that, the chinese govt should just stop buying at least US$500b of treasuries to drive home to congress and the senate the point that there's a price to be paid for everything.


August 31, 2009 05:14 PM

America is the only continent where Huawei is not big yet. Globally speaking the 4G (LTE) system tenders will be a turning point because only Ericson and Huawei are able to introduce it. Last year Huawei submitted the most patent in the world of multinational companies. In Europe Huawei is considered a technology AND price leader. They are very good just like US companies two-three decades ago.

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