- Published: 22 July 2018 22 July 2018
Donald Trump tweeted, "All three are massively involved in upgrading networks in Syria, Iran & Cuba, our enemies. We must ban them from the U.S." Trump discovered that Ericsson is working with ETECSA on Campo Proyecto in Cuba. Ericsson & Nokia both have large, active teams in Syria and Iran. Samsung supplies almost half the cell phones in Iran.
"Ericsson bragged about a $B sale to China Mobile just a few days after we banned them from the U.S. Just like Germany's gas deal with Russia, this means they are under control. 5G bragging rights are important, but not as important as U.S. power around the world."
Only five companies are capable of delivering a major 5G network: Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei, and ZTE. After this action, none will be permitted to sell in the U.S. It would take years for another company to develop an alternative.