UK Wants a Ten Countries Alliance that Will Ditch Huawei
The UK government is trying to find ways to reduce its reliance on Chinese technology. They are floating the idea of forging an alliance with nine other countries to develop 5G equipment and pave the way for new entrants in the market.
The government approached the US about a possible ‘D10’ club, consisting of 10 democratic partners to pool resources and investments into technology, including 5G gear. The alliance would be based on the current G7 model, an international intergovernmental economic organisation consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, adding South Korea, India and Australia.
One option would be to use government cash to boost companies within their states, in a move that could significantly open up the vendor market. Speaking to The Times about the possible alliance, a source said there was a need for new entrants to the market. “That was the reason we ended up having to go along with Huawei at the time,” the source said.