Removing Chinese Telecommunications Equipment From U.S. Broadband Networks Would Cost More Than $1 Billion

July 01, 2019

When it comes to removing Huawei or ZTE telecommunications equipment from U.S. broadband networks, a strategy of “rip and place” would cost well over $1 billion. Rural broadband carriers don’t have the budget for that, and they are concerned that the costs of a retrofit would delay the deployment of 5G wireless networks.