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People walk by a 5G stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order next week that would ban Chinese telecommunication equipment from U.S. wireless networks, Politico reported late Thursday, citing three sources.
Countries are racing to build, and roll out, 5G wireless internet, which would increase the speed with which devices communicate and supercharge the amount of data that can be transmitted. Major Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE are aggressively competing in the space.
Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to CNBC’s emailed requests for comment.
The U.S. has previously cited national security as a reason to not use Chinese equipment, alleging that hardware from such companies could provide backdoor access for the Chinese government into American networks.
Since 2012, the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, Huawei, has been barred from selling those products in the U.S. on the explanation of security concerns by the U.S. government. China and Huawei, meanwhile, have repeatedly denied that there’s any risk to other countries from the company’s hardware, and alleged that the American injunctions are actually due to fears of competition.
Several other countries, meanwhile, have taken Washington’s lead and moved toward banning Huawei products from being used in their own 5G development.
— CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.