5G rollout could be slowed down by bolstered Cfius regulations

Author: John Crabb | Published: 26 Sep 2019

The widespread arrival of 5G technology is set to alter the face of the digital world, but by bringing seamless high-speed data to the world, it will open up a can of worms for corporates and regulators.

One possible source of delay for the technology is the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (Cfius), which has strengthened its measures to protect US technology under the Trump administration, including – crucially – semiconductor and 5G technology.

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According to Samson Lo, head of M&A at UBS, Hong Kong, the roll out of 5G will be slowed down because of this and the trade war between the US and China.  "The Chinese won't be able to spend more money buying some of the technology at these kind of firms, because of concerns with Cfius," he said.