The Wall Street Journal reported that China’s Ministry of Commerce is looking into export controls that would prevent Nokia and Ericcson from sending 5G products that they manufacture in China to other countries.
The Beijing government would likely impose these controls if European Union (EU) countries would follow after the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) banned Huawei Technologies from their 5G networks.
The UK directed telecommunications operators not to purchase 5G components from Huawei by the end of 2020 and remove all existing gear made by Chinese telecommunications companies from the 5G network by 2027.
Ericsson and Nokia became the immediate beneficiaries of the US-led campaign against Huawei.
The EU has not yet imposed a ban against Huawei but issued a “toolbox” of security standards that member states should apply while using suppliers considered to be high risk.
Meanwhile, Nokia and Ericsson have not yet made a response.