Donald Trump’s administration is considering issuing requirements that would mandate all 5G telecommunications equipment installed in the .. be manufactured outside China, according to a Sunday report in the Wall Street Journal.
That would be a significant step above and beyond moves already taken by the White House which is locked in a trade war with China and has begun imposing sanctions on Chinese tech companies on allegations that they pose a security risk (most notably Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecom equipment).
While the US has already effectively banned the use of Chinese telecom gear by American carriers, the Journal writes that US officials have begun enquiring whether other suppliers based outside of China can move their production chains for US-bound gear totally outside the country.
That’s a process that could take “months or years” to kick in, writes the Journal:
A White House executive order last month to restrict some foreign-made networking gear and services due to cybersecurity concerns started a 150-day review of the U.S. telecommunications supply chain.
As part of that review, U.S. officials are asking telecom-equipment manufacturers whether they can make and develop U.S.-bound hardware, which includes cellular-tower electronics as well as routers and switches, and software outside of China, the people said.