The Trump administration is working on a plan with American technology companies to create advanced software for 5G networks that would significantly reduce the need for equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies, The Wall Street Journal has reported.
The plan - which reportedly includes the involvement of such major firms as Microsoft, AT&T and Dell - entails open software that can work on nearly any standard hardware, with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow telling the Journal that “The big-picture concept is to have all of the U.S. 5G architecture and infrastructure done by American firms, principally.”
The U.S. is concerned about the national security risk of relying on Huawei due to what the administration says is its significant links to the Chinese military.
Currently, none of Huawei's networking gear rivals are American-based, and their products are usually more expensive than Huawei's, according to Axios.
Industry consultant Chetan Sharma told Axios that the project is possible but not easy and will take time.
"The desire to do something is today," Sharma said. "However, this has not been completely tested out in the real world."
The Trump administration has made other proposals on the attempt to counter Huawei the past few years, but so far those have not taken hold.
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