Huawei in US

WSJ writes about the challenges faced by Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei as it tries to penetrate the US market:

With little experience in marketing, Huawei has struggled to build brand recognition in the U.S. It confused customers by using a new name for its U.S. business. With the headquarters in Shenzhen, China, hesitant to delegate, local executives have trouble adapting to the local culture. The company has been dogged by suspicions of cutting corners on intellectual-property rights, and alienated some job applicants by pumping them for detailed technical information. Huawei’s successful formula winning business in other countries with low prices hasn’t worked as well in a U.S. market marked by long-term ties between phone companies and their equipment suppliers.

The company’s setbacks in the U.S. contrast with its recent progress elsewhere outside China. From the Middle East to Latin America and, more recently, Europe, Huawei has taken business from global giants such as Germany’s Siemens AG and France’s Alcatel SA. Of the 19 licenses issued around the world last year for high-end wireless networks known as “third generation,” Huawei was involved in building 14 of them, according to BDA China Ltd., a Beijing-based research firm. BT Group PLC, the large British telecom company, recently gave Huawei an important stamp of approval, awarding the Chinese vendor part of a $19 billion project.

Web’s Who, What, When, Where, Why

Ross Mayfield writes:

We spent 1995-2000 trying to figure out the What of the net. What are we building and how do we make the mooh-la.

We spent 2000-2005 figuring out the Who. The Who really tripped us out — all that data, about me, connected to others, privacy invasions and a lot of yadda yadda.

From 2005 to 2010 we will be trying to comprehend the Where. Every new mobile device will transmit coordinates, every location device will be sensor aware. If you thought the public would freak out about the public knowing who they are — imagine the social awkwardness of where you are. Yeah, much of it is mundane. Home. Cubicle. Home. But you won’t be able to get off the grid. Anywhere.

From 2010 to 2015, Where will compound When. But about then Neuroceuticals kick in and we are so productive and have augmented memory to the point where real timeshifting occurs.

After 2015 Why is the big question.