The White House plans to hold a conference with Huawei competitors in an effort to speed development of affordable 5G technology, according to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. “We’re working carefully, closely with Nokia and Ericsson,” Kudlow told reporters. “We’re going to be holding some kind of a conference in about a month.
I’m sure the president would join us in part, that would include Samsung, that will include all of our guys.”
Kudlow later told Fox the meeting “might take place” in early April, and that companies including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. would be represented.
The U.S. has tried to convince other countries not to use Huawei equipment in emerging 5G networks, but the effort has faltered because of a lack of competitors, reports Yahoo Business. Attorney General William Barr suggested recently the U.S. government or American companies should consider investing in Huawei competitors Nokia and Ericsson to try to prevent the Chinese company’s technology from being widely adopted.
The U.S. alleges the Chinese government will use equipment from Huawei and ZTE to spy on nations that install it in their networks. Huawei has denied that the Chinese government controls the company or has access to its products.