The Trump administration is apparently looking into requiring that review of the US telecoms supply chain, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.equipment used in the US be designed and put together outside China. The talks kicked off after an executive order required a 150-day
White House officials want to know if telecom equipment manufacturers can make hardware destined for the US, like cell tower electronics, routers, switches and software, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources. The review deadline isn't until October, so these conversations seemingly are in early stages and any decisions could take years to adopt.
Companies including Finland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson -- both of which sell equipment to US wireless carriers -- have plans to move some operations outside China to maintain those relationships, the report noted.
The president is committed to ensuring that telecommunications networks being built to support 5G are "safe and reliable," said a senior administration official in an email Monday.
Trump's May order specifically targeted Huawei, essentially banning the Chinese company in light of national security concerns that it had-- a charge it repeatedly denied.
Originally published, 2:35 a.m. PT.
Update, 7:49 a.m. PT: Adds White House response.