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Forget Huawei: The Real China Internet Threat Comes From ‘Netware’

China’s Huawei has become a touchstone for US-China technological competition. Countries that want to jump on the 5G bandwagon as quickly as possible with no concern for safety or performance are keen to lock in Huawei’s lowball prices. Those that are a little more patient are heeding US advice to consider free-world alternatives like Nokia, Erikson, Samsung, and Qualcomm.

Huawei sells the world’s cheapest 5G wireless technology. Whether or not it sells the best is up for debate. And given that 5G is still in its infancy, whether or not it will be selling the best technology at the best price at the end of the decade is a complete unknown. Anyone who thinks that Huawei is the only game in town should visit the United States, where 5G is already up and running despite severe restrictions on the use of Huawei equipment.

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Sydney-based globalization expert Salvatore Babones is available to speak on the Chinese economy (demographics, growth, technology), the Belt & Road Initiative, global trade networks, and Australia-China relations. Contact: