The impact of replacing Chinese gear in Europe’s networks is overstated – study

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CTT co-founder John Strand and his firm Strand Consult are soon to release a study highlighting the overstated costs of replacing Huawei equipment in EU networks. The study, titled, ‘The real cost to rip and replace of Chinese equipment in telecom networks,” comes in response to inflated media and governmental reports that stated the initial cost of replacing maligned equipment in EU telecommunications networks is too high to be feasible. It also questions negative assumptions about the reduction in competition, pointing to the US where prices haven’t gone up in spite of the absence of Chinese vendors, and claims the GSMA number failed to attribute any overhead to the supposed security risk posed by Chinese vendors.