Britain’s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G network marks a potential tipping point in the global battle over 5G, say the authors of a new study from the Center for a New American Security. But the US needs to seize the moment and offer an alternative to the Chinese giant, not just warn countries against security threats from Beijing, say CNAS co-authors Martijn Rasser and Ainikki Riikonen, both veterans of the Pentagon.
America can’t create a corporate “national champion” to compete with Huawei head to head, they say, but it doesn’t need to. The US can undercut Huawei’s emerging monopoly by advancing open, modular standards that let networks plug-and-play 5G equipment from any manufacturer, from any nation, and still have it work as a single compatible system.
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