Jonathan Pelson joined Lucent Technologies during the telecom boom of the ‘90s, helping create and market some of the company’s breakthrough technology solutions.
He later served as the Chief of Convergence Strategy for British Telecom, developing a global wireless plan for the company. During his time with these and other telecom companies, he traveled to China and saw that country’s fledgling telecommunications companies grow and eventually seize the world lead in 5G and other critical technologies.
With deep personal experience in the sector and rare access to the people who run the world’s largest telecom companies, he decided to investigate how the lead was lost to the Chinese and what we could do to take it back.
Jon has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
How the Chinese company Huawei grew from a
$5,000 startup investment to a $29.4B company.
How three political advisors went from warning against using Chinese gear to advocating for re-evaluating Chinese options.
They were added to Huawei's payroll.
How two data servers have been found to be sending information back to Shanghai, China.
What data servers? One was Nortel, a data networking equipment manufacturer in Canada.
The other? The African Union center in Addis Ababa. It had been hacked for 5 years before a tech found that every night the servers would send information back to servers in Shanghai, China.
What information was being sent back? Information on business and trade negotiations, military planning, and political considerations.
How Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei, adapted his experience in the military to his leadership style at Huawei.
"Surge forward, killing as you go, to blaze us a trail of blood," he said to the company.
Ren, and Huawei, was ready to take over global
And most importantly, how the United States can win back our technical prowess in the 5G era. Wireless Wars explains how we can build a response to China, what OUR superpower is, and how we can win back 5G.
Wireless Wars is the story of how Huawei rose from a $5,000 startup to a multibillion dollar company. How they hacked the African Union center for 5 years without anyone noticing. How they reverse-engineered wireless tech to leapfrog the industry and go from a follower to an innovator. How their impossibly cheap prices forced wireless giants in Sweden, Canada, and the United States out of billions of dollars of profits. How they ended up with THEIR equipment placed next to U.S. military bases and ICBM storage facilities.
And how Huawei might already have your data now.
This is the untold story of the Chinese tech supergiant and what the United States needs to do to protect our networks, our health care systems, our financial institutions, and our military. This is our next move in the Wireless Wars.