Jane’s Defence Weekly: Opinion – Huawei may be restricted in US 5G, but Wi-Fi is up for grabs

Article Introduction

China’s desire for dominance in IT and control of the global data trade has often been observed in its influence on international standard-setting organisations. Less attention is paid to how China influences IT standards through advocacy groups, with such activity carrying implications for defence.

Although many countries and companies advocate internationally for their interests, China’s IT companies, which are partly or wholly owned by the Chinese government and subject to its draconian laws, take it to another level. Huawei has already touted its role in Wi-Fi 6: the ostensible future-proofing strategy for the Wi-Fi industry. This important fact appears to have been overlooked by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its unprecedented proposal to designate 1,200 MHz of the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use.