Rival telco vendors slow to challenge Huawei

Nokia and Ericsson have failed to capitalise on telecom equipment peer Huawei's issues with government perceptions of its security status, according to Wall Street Journal sources at major European wireless providers. 

The sources say the companies have been slow to release advanced equipment to match Huawei. Both companies denied those claims, says the WSJ. Other sources say Nokia and Ericsson worry about potential China retaliation if they are seen taking advantage of Huawei's situation.

For the first three quarters of last year, Huawei held 28% of the global telecom equipment market compared to 17% for Nokia and 13.4% for Ericsson, according to Dell'Oro Group data. The market has tended to be based on the proprietary standards set by the vendors but this is changing slowly.

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