Challenger Multinationals in Telecommunications: Huawei and ZTE

31 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2017

Date Written: March 16, 2017


This background analysis looks at the development and success of two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, as major players on the global market of telecommunications equipment producers. The case of both companies indicates the importance of integrated industrial policies and can serve as a wake-up call for all policy stakeholders in the EU.

The author also focuses on both companies’ R&D development in Europe and their cooperation with regard to European standard-setting processes.

Keywords: telecommunications; multinational enterprise; innovation; industrial development; technology; China; EU countries

Suggested Citation

Pawlicki, Peter, Challenger Multinationals in Telecommunications: Huawei and ZTE (March 16, 2017). ETUI Research Paper - Background analysis 2017.01, Available at SSRN: or

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