The Global Divide Over the 5G National Security Risk

Fresh off the heels of the Munich security conference, a rift remains between the U.S. and its allies over their approach to 5G networks and managing the potential national security risks of allowing Chinese vendors to participate in the development of the technology.  

The U.S. has been working to convince its allies to ban Chinese vendors from contributing to the development of 5G networks, according to the Wall Street Journal.   While the U.S. has had some success with countries like Australia and Japan, traditionally close allies like the U.K. and Germany are considering other options.

In an interview with The Cipher Brief last October, former Chief of the U.K.’s GCHQ and Cipher Brief expert Robert Hannigan explained that one of the biggest questions over the next 10 to 20 years will be how countries like the U.K. manage the supply chain, “particularly the hardware and software supply chains that are increasingly moving to the east?”

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