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Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence

By South China Morning Post

May 13, 2020

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A coalition of 31 global companies is urging U.S. lawmakers to fund research into next-generation technology, particularly open radio access networks (RANs), to shift 5G infrastructure away from costly proprietary hardware primarily controlled by China.

The firms announced the establishment of the Open RAN Policy Coalition to support virtual, software-based 5G networks.

James Lewis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, said an open RAN system "changes the business model for all the telecom suppliers, in that it moves telecom services to software and cloud computing rather than proprietary hardware."

The coalition said the infrastructure switch will enable multiple vendors to interchangeably operate on the system, rather than having to rely on a single manufacturer for all equipment.

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South China Morning Post (05/06/20) Jodi Xu Klein
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