US, allied firms testing alternatives to Chinese 5G technology: Esper

US, allied firms testing alternatives to Chinese 5G technology: Esper

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past an advertisement promoting the 5G data network at a mobile phone store
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past an advertisement promoting the 5G data network at a mobile phone store in London, Britain, January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

MUNICH: US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday that Washington was working with technology companies in the United States and allied nations to develop alternatives to Chinese 5G vendors and was already testing them at US military bases.

"We are encouraging allied and US tech companies to develop alternative 5G solutions and we are working alongside them to test these technologies at our military bases as we speak," Esper said at the Munich Security Conference.

"Developing our own secure 5G networks will outweigh any perceived gains from partnering with heavily subsidised Chinese providers that answer to party leadership.".

Source: Reuters

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