The Epoch Times
Strand Consult published a detailed report which discredits claims that banning 5G products from Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE would cost the European Union $62 billion more, and delay 5G rollout.
The new report, titled “The Real Cost to Rip and Replace Chinese Equipment in Telecom Networks,” responded to a June 2019 analysis by the Global System for Mobile Association (GSMA), a global trade lobby group representing 800 mobile operators and 300 supplier companies. GSMA claimed banning telecoms equipment from China’s state-controlled Huawei and ZTE would add an additional $62 billion in cost and delay for an extra 18 months the deployment of 5G networks in Europe.
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Chriss Street , November 23, 2019
Strand Consult argues that GSMA’s analysis is inappropriately “based upon assumptions that the market for network equipment is perfectly competitive, which it is not, and that there is no security risk to using Chinese equipment, which there is.”
Strand Consult highlights that 5G network security concerns will increase with the integration of software into network equipment that will make surveillance backdoors increasingly more difficult to detect, because they can be shipped later through subsequent software upgrades or activated after completion of security checks. Strand Consult asks, if NATO would never buy Chinese fighter planes, why would EU telecoms buy Chinese hardware?