US mulls requiring 5G equipment to be made outside China: WSJ

June 24, 2019 08:50
US authorities are said to be asking global telecom equipment makers if they can move US-bound hardware production outside of China. Photo: Bloomberg

US President Donald Trump is looking to require next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the United States to be designed and manufactured outside China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.

As part of a 150-day review that started after cybersecurity concerns in the United States, officials are asking telecom equipment makers if they can develop US-bound hardware including cellular-tower electronics as well as routers and switches, and software outside of China, the Journal reported.

The talks are still in informal stages, the report said, and any executive order calls for only a list of proposed rules and regulations by the 150-day deadline, in October, so any decision could take years to adopt.

In May, the Trump administration took aim at China’s Huawei Technologies, banning the firm from buying vital US technology without special approval and effectively barring its equipment from American telecom networks on national security grounds. Reuters

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