5G ‘Integrated Access Backhaul’ Could Boot China’s Huawei From Rural US Dominance

Article Introduction

The 55 carriers that serve up to 100,000 subscribers each and are represented by the Rural Wireless Association, received subsidies and spent most of the cash on deeply discounted networking gear from China’s Huawei and ZTE. As a result, about 25 percent of U.S. territory and 4 million Americans rely on Chinese networking hardware.

A 2012 report issued by the U.S. Congress warned that Huawei and ZTE installed networking hardware represented a U.S. national security threat: “China has the means, opportunity, and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes.”