Pentagon talking to Nokia & Ericsson on 5G solutions

Military to military discussions on future 5G networks are going well, said Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.

With the United States determined to secure and position itself for the next generation of 5G devices, it is conscientiously pushing away Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, which intelligence agencies have said is a front for Chinese intelligence, and is laying the groundwork to use technology from rivals such as Ericsson and Nokia for its 5G development plans, said an official from the Pentagon.

“I am not sure we are going to have a total U.S. solution,” said Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. “We are talking to Ericsson, we are talking to Nokia quite a bit.”

At the same time, the U.S. is laying the groundwork to develop its own technology to support 5G enabled communications, said Lord, the Pentagon’s chief weapon’s purchaser.

Washington has lobbied allies, including Europe, to close its doors on Huawei, saying its equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage purposes.

The European Commission has yet to act on banning Huawei Technologies. Huawei has reacted to the U.S. allegations and has sued the U.S. government over the issue earlier this month.

Lord has disclosed, military to military discussions on future 5G networks are going well.

On the military side, “there is actually a huge dialog going on about what is the path forward,” said Lord. “We have frankly seen a lot of our European allies leaning forward to work with us on that.”

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