Christopher Balding and Roslyn Layton discuss the US Innovation & Competitiveness Act, Open RAN, and US 5G strategy against China
The US Innovation and Competitiveness Act is one of the few areas of bipartisanship in Congress, promising $200 billion in federal funding – including direct subsidies – to enhance national security and industrial competition against China in critical technology industries like semiconductors, AI and 5G.
After decades of transatlantic mergers, and the emergence of Chinese players, the US is aiming to re-establish itself on the access network market by developing indigenous capabilities on 5G and beyond. Can the US create policy competition – and will it win that competition – against China and Europe? What does it mean for US allies? Will the US manage the Chinese state enterprises participating in the Open RAN and open source initiatives?
We are inviting two of the most prominent observers of telecoms and geotechnology today to discuss America’s new 5G gambit. Dr Roslyn Layton is widely recognised as one of the leading experts on US telecom policy, and Fellow at Aalborg University (Denmark), Founder of China Tech Threat, columnist of Forbes Magazine, and advisor at Strand Consult. Dr Christopher Balding is a leading expert on the Chinese economy and technology, former Professor at Shenzhen HSBC Business School, Peking University and Fulbright University.