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Networking This Week: China Eyes U.S.; More Telecom Scandals

Think that all China manufactures are cheap toys, brand name knockoffs, and cheap clothes? Then you haven't been paying attention.

But you will be soon.

It was revealed this week that the Chinese networking manufacturing giant Huawei has big plans for the U.S. The Bejing-based China Daily reports that the firm is planning to move into the North American market through alliances with North American vendors, possibly including Lucent and Nortel.

To anyone who's been paying attention, this should be no surprise. Back in November of 2004, Cisco president and CEO John Chambers told analysts during an earnings conference call that Cisco is facing a new competitors from Asia, most notably China, and that he expects that the competition will increase in the future.

It's not just the future we're talking about, but the present. Because this week, a Dittberner Associates report found that Huawei is the worldwide leader in the worldwide VoIP media gateway and softswitch market, with a market share of nearly 25%.

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