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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet


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Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core Internet technology.

Credit: Financial Times

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology proposed a new standard for core network technology at the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

They claimed their "New IP" standard would enable emerging technologies like holograms and autonomous vehicles.

The proposal has caused concerns among western countries that the system would splinter the global Internet and give state-run Internet service providers granular control over citizens' Internet use.

Said a U.K. delegate to the ITU, “Below the surface, there is a huge battle going on over what the Internet will look like. You've got these two competing visions: one which is very free and open and ... government hands-off ... and one which is much more controlled and regulated by governments.”

From Financial Times
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