Mozilla has announced progress about their upcoming smartphone. Manufacturing companies like LG, Huawei, TCL, and ZTE will be working on the Mozilla smartphone. Mozilla showed models of the phones from TCL and ZTE at a telecommunications industry meeting in Barcelona, Spain.
Last month we wrote about how a congressional panel is warning that Huawei and ZTE are threats to U.S. national security and should be blocked from making any mergers or acquisitions in America. The state-backed Chinese media companies China Economy & Informatization and People’s Daily said that U.S. based Cisco is a backdoor for espionage. Supposedly China Unicom is phasing out Cisco gear and they believe that 72 members of Congress is possibly being influenced by their Cisco shares and the controversial Patriot Act. [Engadget]
A congressional panel is warning that Huawei and ZTE are a threat to U.S. national security and should be blocked from making any mergers or acquisitions in America. The panel conducted an 11 month investigation in the two companies.
The European Union is preparing to launch a massive trade case against Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corporation. The EU has gathered evidenced for an anti-dumping case against both companies and said that the two companies have obtained illegal government subsidies. The two companies also sold products in the EU at below cost. Huawei and ZTE could be subject to punitive EU tariffs. Huawei and ZTE compete with European telecommunication companies like Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Siemens-Nokia. China is Europe’s second biggest trading partner after the U.S. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has complained in the past that China subsidies “nearly everything,” which makes it hard to compete.
T-Mobile has announced network expansion in 2011. The first three cities to receive a 42 Mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband service in the U.S. is New York, Las Vegas, and Orlando. After spreading in those cities Chicago, Long Island, and northern New Jersey will be the next ones.
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Chinese consumer electronics company ZTE has beaten Apple as the number 4 cell phone manufacturing company. This knocks RIM out of the top 5 for the quarter. Market analysis company IDC issued data about phone manufacturing companies and ZTE’s growth was one of the most shocking. ZTE grew 76.8% year over year. ZTE had shipped 16.8 million mobile phones in the fourt quarter. During the same quarter a year earlier, they shipped 9.5 million mobile phones. Apple beat RIM in the third quarter of 2010.
Looks like T-Mobile is getting into the mobile hotspot game as a 21Mbps HSPA+ network device has appeared in the FCC database. The model number of this device is MF61 and it is being manufactured by ZTE. The inside label confirms that it is in fact a “T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot.” [FCC via Engadget]
Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE are reported to be left out of a potential multi-billion Sprint contract due to national security concerns. According to a source with The Wall Street Journal, the Defense Department and U.S. lawmakers are concerned with the two companies’ ties to the Chinese government and the military. If Sprint works with these two companies, then it could lead to security implications of letting their equipment into the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure.
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