‘Grave concerns’: US ex-military leaders warn that allies’ use of Chinese 5G tech poses unacceptable

11-Apr-2019

Former Pentagon leaders have joined current chiefs to warn about the risks to future US military operations posed by allies in Europe and Asia using Chinese technology in their 5G wireless telecommunications networks.

In a statement Wednesday, six former officials noted that the immense bandwidth and super-high speeds of the coming 5G systems – up to 100 times faster than current 4G platforms – will make them attractive for the US military to use to share data with allies or transfer information in combat.

And they and US defence officials warn that allowing Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies to outfit these networks poses unacceptable risks of espionage and disruptive cyberattacks on military operations because of Huawei’s alleged ties to the Chinese government and a 2017 Chinese law that requires companies, if directed, to cooperate in surveillance activities.

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