Even though 5G deployments are in their infancy, the long time horizons for technology development in this field mean that U.S. political and industry leaders cannot afford to wait when it comes to 6G.
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The Verizon-Huawei dispute contradicts a view espoused by many experts, and even the Trump administration, about the relationship between national security and intellectual property rights such as patents.
American policymakers have sought to persuade allies to ban the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from developing 5G communications networks. But few nations have been convinced.
On Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear expert testimony on the development of 5G infrastructure from the following witnesses:
I don’t disagree with much that Alexei Bulazel, Sophia d’Antoine, Perri Adams and Dave Aitel wrote on Huawei and risk mitigation, and endorse almost all of their argument.
The discussion over Huawei must examine not simply whether China would use this technology maliciously, but the specific threats that Huawei equipment could pose and the extent to which these threats can be mitigated.
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In a letter released Wednesday, six former combatant commanders and intelligence chiefs outlined “grave concerns” about risks posed by Chinese-developed 5G networks, including espionage, constraints on U.S. military operations, and threats to democracy and human rights. The letter is available here and below.
It’s worth inserting some technical realities into the debate over whether the United States and its allies should or shouldn’t allow acquisition of Huawei 5G technology for use in communications infrastructure.