The Pentagon considers the 5G solutions Huawei rivals Ericsson and Nokia: official

FILE PHOTO: People walk along a board of Huawei at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2016 in Shanghai, China, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the U.S. further pushes separate itself from the Chinese telecommunications-equipment maker Huawei Technologies, the Pentagon is laying the foundations for the use of the technology of rivals Nokia and Ericsson in 5G development of the plan, a Pentagon official said on Monday.

“I’m not sure if we are going to a total us solution,” Ellen Lord, the Ministry of Defense secretary of defense for acquisition and maintenance said. “We’re talking Ericsson, we speak Nokia a little.”

At the same time, the US is laying the foundations for the development of proprietary technology in support of 5G-enabled communications, said: Lord, who is the Pentagon the most important weapon of the buyer.

The United States has been lobbying in Europe to connect Huawei says its devices can be used by the Chinese government for espionage. But the European Commission is expected to ignore AMERICAN calls for a ban Huawei Technologies.

Huawei has strongly rejected the allegations and earlier this month sued the U.S. government on the issue.

At the same time, the Lord said that military-to-military discussions on the future of 5G networks is good for the United States. On the military side, “there is actually a huge dialogue going on about what is the path to the future,” Lord said. “We have honestly seen many of our European allies lean forward to work with us.”

Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington, D. C.; Editing by Chris Reese

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