The US national security team could create a 5G wireless network in an attempt to fight against China spying on phone calls, a senior administration official has said.
The source claims the idea is only being discussed at a low level, however Donald Trump could consider it in around six months' time.
They told Reuters: “We have to have a secure network that doesn’t allow bad actors to get in. We also have to ensure the Chinese don’t take over the market and put every non-5G network out of business.”
But today (January 29) a spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry said the country is against all forms of hacking, adding that the "international community" should "join hands in addressing the threat of cyber attacks."
However wireless providers have already bought much of the spectrum in preparation for a 5G network and it is not clear whether there is enough left for the US government to use.
But the source claimed it could use the network owned by a variety of providers.
An investigation into Huawei and ZTE Corp took place in 2012, examining whether the devices created by the Chinese companies could allow foreign espionage and threaten American infrastructure.
Earlier this month American communications company AT&T was reportedly unable to provide Huawei phones to its customers after Congress members and federal regulators campaigned against it.
If created 5G would bring much faster internet speeds to customers and is likely to be used in remote surgeries and self-driving cars.