Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei is willing to sell a copy of its 5G technology to a competitor for a one-time financial fee, says director Ren Zhengfei in an interview with The Economist . This gives the buyer access to, among other things, the patents, licenses, source code and blueprints of Huaweis 5G technology.
By transferring the technology and knowledge related to this to another company, Huawei hopes to create a competitor that can further develop or use the 5G technology. The costs for the total package could run into the tens of billions of dollars.
The offer is also an attempt to remove suspicion towards Huawei. The United States accuses Huawei, for the time being without public evidence, of being an extension of the Chinese state and thereby facilitating espionage. As a result, the purchase of Huawei 5G equipment is being scrutinized in many Western countries.
The buyer of Huaweis 5G technology could adjust the source code of the technology, so that Huawei and the Chinese government would have no influence on manager technology. As part of the deal, Huawei could also continue to develop its own technology and continue to sell telecom equipment.
In this way, a scenario could arise in which the buyer of Huaweis 5G technology does business in western countries, while Huawei focuses on Africa, the Middle East and Asia, among others.