Huawei: Calling on Europe

Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom company, has won a contract to build a mobile network in the Czech Republic.

I don’t want to make too much of this — after all, it is the Czech Republic and not, say, India — but it is fascinating development considering that Eastern Europe is the veritable backyard of Nokia and Ericsson. That, plus the network the Chinese OEM will put in is WCDMA, the 3G standard that originated in Europe.
Since Huawei is a preferred supplier for Vodaphone, the world’s largest mobile operator, we can expect more of this to come.

It’s just one more instance of the Chinese beating the West at its own game.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow