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The China-US 5G battle turns a telecom industry consortium on its head

Competition between the US and China is throwing the previously mundane process of establishing technical specifications for wireless communications.

The O-RAN Alliance, an industry consortium formed in 2018 to develop standards to make mobile devices interoperable and thus cheaper, was dragged into tensions between the US and China in late August. At the time, Finland’s Nokia Corp., a major telecom equipment supplier, told other O-RAN participants that it was temporarily suspending its work in the group — out of concern that two of the group’s more than 300 participants were Chinese companies at the time. a US trade fair Department blacklist.