Tuesday, November 9, 2021

A $1.9B FCC fund to replace banned 5G telco gear might be too little

The Federal Communications Commission has opened up a $1.9 billion fund to help smaller, rural US telcos replace the 5G and other gear in their networks that is made by China-based Huawei and ZTE, whose equipment has been banned since the telecom providers bought it.

The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program will help service providers remove, replace, and dispose of the equipment, but it's not likely to cover all their costs. “It’s hard to say what the gap is, but what I’m hearing from the rural wireless carriers and the others impacted by this, it won’t be enough,” said IDC research manager Patrick Filkins.

The fund is open only to carriers with 10 million or fewer subscribers, and that means mostly rural providers who were attracted to the Chinese companies at least in part because of their less expensive product lines.

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Thanks to Jon Gold (see source)

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