Despite the U.S. Department of Defense’s long-standing claim that Huawei represents a security breach, it has repeatedly tried to prevent operators and other U.S. companies from using network hardware provided by the company,media reported. But Huawei has insisted that its business is independent of China’s security services and that its products do not provide any backdoor access or other forms of data breaches.
With the introduction of 5G networks, however, this insistence is not enough to allay the Pentagon’s suspicions about it.
Now, the U.S. Department of Defense is pushing for another option. The agency has apparently been trying to get U.S. companies to develop an open radio access network that will use open source technology rather than proprietary systems. This allows customers — such as ISPs and carriers — to effectively mix hardware with to find matching hardware instead of being limited to a single vendor.
The Pentagon has offered a different reason, the Financial Times reported, although the US was motivated by distrust of Huawei, one of the main suppliers of 5G infrastructure. In the view of these U.S. officials, companies that do not support open source may be left behind as the market accelerates.
Lisa Porter, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said companies that want to develop closed 5G systems could repeat Kodak’s mistakes. The company has become a cautionary tale in the business world, inventing digital cameras and then reforming new areas to maintain its dominance in film photography, but as a result, competitors have kept up with Kodak’s profits and eventually bankrupt.
“The beauty of our country is that we allow the market to decide the winner,” Porter argued. If someone procrastinates, let them decide for themselves, but the market will decide who wins. “
Unfortunately, no U.S. company offers end-to-end solutions for 5G. This has even led to suggestions within the U.S. Department of Defense that it could fund Huawei’s European replacements, such as Ericsson and Nokia. That would fill the gap in until the United States in technology such as radio towers.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon warned that 5G was a war the United States could lose, especially if new policies were not in place.