Chinese brands such as Huawei and ZTE have managed to get a reputation as being able to produce somewhat decently specced handsets and devices at affordable prices. However at the same time both companies have also managed to gain the reputation of not being trustworthy, at least that what the US congressional committee seems to think with their report from back in 2012. At the same time, The Wall Street Journal has reported that according to their sources, the US congressional committee seems to be worried that after Sprint merges with Japan’s Softbank, they would be relying on equipment manufactured by Chinese companies, such as Huawei or ZTE, to help build its new network.
According to the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Mike Rogers, he claims that he has since received phone calls from both companies with a promise that they will not be using equipment from China, and that current Huawei products in Clearwire’s portfolio will be replaced. We guess this compliance with what the government wants is a way for both Sprint and Softbank to help reduce the number of obstacles they would have to go through in order to have the deal clear. We’re not sure what this could mean for consumers, but considering that there are other companies who manufacture affordable products, we guess at the very worst consumers will just have one less brand to choose from.