US wants to help Ericsson, Nokia and others develop 5G alternatives

Ericsson | February 17, 2020

The US government wants to lend its support to all areas of the 5G ecosystem in a bid to decrease the influence of China on mobile technology. To date, Washington’s efforts have been focused on lobbying its allies to ban Huawei from their 5G rollouts on national security grounds. American officials have suggested that intelligence sharing could be limited with nations who allow the company to play a role in deployment. This course of action has been pursued despite Huawei’s frequent denial of any allegations and the failure by the US to produce any evidence to supports its claims.

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This analysis was conducted using government-wide contract acquisition and spending data. An additional dataset was compiled identifying the timing of continuing resolutions and new appropriations legislation enacted by Congress from Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 through the second quarter of FY 2018. Contract spending data for all agencies were used for the same time period, FY 2007 through the second quarter of FY 2018.

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This analysis was conducted using government-wide contract acquisition and spending data. An additional dataset was compiled identifying the timing of continuing resolutions and new appropriations legislation enacted by Congress from Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 through the second quarter of FY 2018. Contract spending data for all agencies were used for the same time period, FY 2007 through the second quarter of FY 2018.

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