An interruption to the supply chain can also cause an interruption to revenues, both in telecoms and other sectors.
Telco procurement policies need to be tough enough to prevent abuse, but not so rigid that they exclude good niche suppliers.
Telcos that can legally purchase equipment from Huawei will still need to consider the strategic risks of using a supplier banned on security and privacy grounds by a growing number of countries.
An infrastructure provider had closed some Vodafone Uganda sites in order to pressure the telco to settle its debts.
Finance and Procurement functions are working more closely together, but not everything they do delivers value in the long run.