United States could build own 5G network to stop China spying

United States could build own 5G network to stop China spying

United States could build own 5G network to stop China spying

Axios, citing sensitive documents it obtained, said there are two options up for consideration: First, the USA government could pay for and build a single, super-fast mobile network and could then rent access to national carriers. While Axios ascribes it to "a senior National Security Council official", it could be a war games-type brainstorming exercise, a starting point for discussion, or a serious policy proposal.

The documents reviewed by Axios suggested that the US must have a centralized 5G network spanning the country within the next three years.

Other analysts see irony in the Trump administration's plan for a nationalised 5G network, which they expect to create more problems for the USA telecommunications industry if it pushes through.

The telecom industry wants this lightning-speed message to get to the USA government: We should build the nation's first 5G network, not you.

While a secondary plan is available, a source that is familiar with the matter states that there is a huge possibility that the second option is removed from the table altogether. Instead, the earlier idea was to have the government sponsor the building of a 5G network that would be owned and operated privately.

For one thing, it's the Federal Communications Commission that serves as the government's steward of the wireless airwaves that power 5G and myriad other uses for smartphones, tablets and similar mobile devices.

The plan recently discussed would have the government award a huge block of spectrum to a company outside of the traditional bidders for wireless spectrum, such as telecom giants AT&T and Verizon.

The report comes amid signs of rising tension between the U.S. and China, which President Donald Trump has long criticized in discussions about worldwide trade as a threat to USA jobs and economic prosperity.

The Trump administration has taken a harder line with China on policies initiated by predecessor President Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing's role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire USA strategic industries. Instead, it would build and maintain the network and rent access to the likes of AT&T and Verizon.

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The national security community's fear of Chinese-made network infrastructure that is created to spy on the United States is not entirely unfounded, though much of the evidence for such a tactic stems not from Chinese but American behavior; the NSA has reportedly built backdoors into Huawei equipment for its own surveillance purposes.

A spokesperson for AT&T said that the United States is already working on a 5G network - with AT&T's set to be switched on later this year.

The company didn't comment on whether it was in talks about a government-run network.

Industry standards for 5G are yet to be set, though experts believe it will be around 100-times faster than current 4G LTE technologies.

Ajit Pai, for one, is opposed to any idea of the federal government nationalizing the 5G network.

The official continued by saying a secure network must be in place that does not allow for bad actors to enter.

Any 5G nationalization plan would likely cost hundreds of billions of dollars, wireless carriers said.

The memo also calls for allies of the United States to also develop and deploy their own 5G networks.

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