The European Commission, intent on punishing what it believes to be anti-competitive activity in the form of illegal state subsidies for and dumping by China's equipment vendors, seems to be ignoring the very real fears held by Europe's own equipment vendors that they could be shut out of the lucrative Chinese market as part of retaliatory moves by China.
China has threatened to retaliate if the European Union opens an investigation into Chinese equipment manufacturers over alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
As U.S. mobile operators watch their LTE subscribers grow, they are also seeing their LTE operating expenses take off, meaning their opex will outpace capex spending starting in 2015, according to a new report from iGR.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it is ready to launch an investigation over alleged dumping by, and subsidies for, Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, even though Europe's manufacturers are clearly not in favour of a probe.
Three of the world's biggest network equipment vendors--and bitter rivals--announced they will create interoperability among their OSS systems through their new "OSSii" initiative.
Europe's mobile network vendors could see a key Chinese tender for TD-LTE equipment delayed until later in the year, as China Mobile executives decide whether to upgrade from 3G or install new network equipment.
Ericsson expects to expand its share of China Mobile's TD-LTE business via the operator's upcoming tender for network gear, said an executive for the infrastructure vendor.
Yoigo said it will offer commercial LTE services to Spanish subscribers starting in July, making the TeliaSonera unit the first operator to provide the advanced mobile services in Spain.
Ericsson is one European equipment manufacturer hoping to win a slice of an upcoming bids for TD-LTE infrastructure agreements in China, and the Swedish vendor also expects to be able to gain a bigger share of the deals than in previous tender rounds.
Sprint Nextel said poor execution by its network vendor partners in the latter part of 2012 was part of what caused it to delay LTE deployments and its larger Network Vision network modernization plan, according to a securities filing.