The U.S. government made clear its antipathy toward Huawei in the fall of 2010 when it actively lobbied Sprint ( S - Get Report) not to select the Chinese telecom equipment maker to help build the operator's LTE network. First, the facts: Huawei, which posted 2012 revenue of $35.4 billion, has eclipsed Ericsson as the world's largest telecom equipment. That's a long way from the company's inception twenty five years ago as a one-room workshop in a fishing village near Hong Kong. That village, Shenzhen, is now among the largest and most prosperous cities in China. Secondly, Huawei has become the leader in the growing 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) market. According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) in 2012, a total of 97 service providers announced various LTE commercial contracts. Huawei was the top vendor in terms of total confirmed contracts awarded with 41, easily topping Ericsson ( ERIC - Get Report) at 23, according to Frost & Sullivan estimates.
Huawei's LTE customer list is an enviable: Telenor, Vodafone ( VOD) (Germany, Italy), T-Mobile (Germany, Hungary), Telefonica/O2 (Czech Republic, Germany), Bell and Telus (Canada), Yota> (Russia), Softbank (Japan), Bharti Airtel (India), Optus (Australia), Everything Everywhere (UK) and TIM (Italy). Huawei has clinched at least one Tier-1 operator LTE win in every G-7 country except the U.S.