As the U.S. and Huawei continue battling over worldwide 5G dominance, Huawei has reiterated its willingness to license its tech to an American company.
The U.S. has banned Huawei and engaged in an aggressive campaign to pressure its allies around the world to do the same. So far, the campaign has met with limited results, as even the UK has opted to include Huawei in a limited role in its 5G network.
Further exacerbating the issue is the perceived advantages Huawei has, both in its technology and its ability to scale to the needs and demands of wireless carriers. Many carriers believe its lead is nearly insurmountable, causing them to conclude they have no choice but to use Huawei’s equipment, or risk spending years and untold amount of money working with alternatives. The situation even resulted in U.S. Attorney General William Barr floating the idea of the U.S. investing in Nokia and Ericsson, to help bolster and empower them to better compete and overcome Huawei’s advantage.
According to CNBC, founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei previously offered to license Huawei tech exclusively to an American company to help the U.S. better compete with the Chinese firm. Although there have been no takers on the offer, CNBC reports the company says it is still “on the table.”
It’s unclear whether such an offer would placate U.S. concerns. On the one hand, Huawei has offered to license its “proprietary 5G tech including source code, hardware, software, verification, production, and manufacturing know-how.” Proponents of the move could argue that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for there to be any lingering backdoors or security concerns. On the other hand, U.S. officials would likely object to any kind of deal that continues to put money in Huawei’s coffers and, even indirectly, contribute to its continued global dominance.
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