More than thirty technology and communications companies have joined forces to press for the creation of “fifth generation (5G)” open and interoperable “fifth generation systems”, allowing to eliminate the need for a single supplier such as Chinese Huawei.
This alliance includes giant groups such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T and Vodafone, in addition to chip manufacturing groups such as Qualcomm, Intel and Samsung.
The move comes against the background of geopolitical differences, especially between China and the United States, while the giant Chinese group Huawei dominates the fifth generation market, followed by the Europeans “Nokia” and “Ericsson”.
Washington has banned “Huawei” from US networks in the name of national security concerns, and it is trying to encourage its allies to follow suit.
This alliance, called “Open Run Policy Qualification”, says that an open system with invitations to tenders for different components (equipment, software, radio waves …) will allow avoiding dependence on a single supplier.
“The current epidemic shows that the choice and flexibility in deploying next-generation networks is essential in terms of security, but also in terms of performance,” Diane Reynaldo, the alliance’s executive director, told AFP.
Member firms want to create networks with the assistance of the federal government, which will be responsible for promoting a diversified supply chain and helping to fund research for open networks.
The alliance cites examples of the successful deployment of infrastructure for the fourth and fifth generations, using standards that have been applied in Japan, India and other countries.
“The concept exists. We want to help spread it more widely,” said Diane Reynaldo.
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