Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei is willing to share his company's 5G technology with a Western buyer, creating a rival, he told the Economist. He reckons it'd level the playing field in a climate where many countries are nervous about giving the access to their next-generation wireless networks.
Ren's deal would let the buyer access Huawei's existing 5G patents, licences, code, technical blueprints and production knowledge for a one-time fee. The buyer would be able to tweak the source code, so neither Huawei nor the Chinese government could even have hypothetical access to any telecoms infrastructure it was used in. That would also leave Huawei free to develop its technology as it pleases.
Huawei's role in the global 5G market has been thrown into question since the US Commerce Department spy on other countries and companies.in May, following an from the country's communications networks. Huawei has been a target of US lawmakers over concerns about its and fears that its equipment could be used to
Ren, who's beenfor much of 2019, , but the US its European allies not to use Huawei in their 5G networks.
Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for further comment.
First published at 4:47 a.m. PT.
Updated at 5:35 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.