The firm is often described as a serious Cisco competitor, posting record growth figures and undercutting the prices for the market leader in the network equipment space.
But as the Newsweek story explains, Huawei could very well be an empty shell that is controlled by the People's Liberation Army.
The key here is could. Very little is known about the Chinese firm. Nobody audit the claimed revenue growth, or the firm's ownership structure. Alleged ties with the Chinese government have prevented many business deals with foreign governments, Newsweek claims. The publication quotes at least one industry analyst who recommends that Huawei's intransparency should be a major reason for users not to rely on the firm for their future.
It's a valid question. Do you really want to put your faith in the hands of an emerging economy that has corporate intransparency, political uncertainty and inevitable future economic hiccups?
Via Cantina Communications, a blog run by a Cisco PR manager.
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