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Huawei has also started to make equipment for the undersea cables that form the nervous system of the internet.
Equipment such as this repeater forms a very small part of the Chinese manufacturer's business. However, its presence in Huawei's portfolio shows the company is extending further into the territory of western rivals such as Alcatel-Lucent.
Huawei Marine, a joint venture between Huawei and Global Marine Systems, has already provided the 'Hannibal' link between Tunisia and Italy.
Photo credit: David Meyer