The Wall Street Journal reported that the plan was to agree on a common standard to allow developers to write code that would run on top of hardware from any 5G vendor.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was quoted as saying: “The big-picture concept is to have all of the US 5G architecture and infrastructure done by American firms, principally.
“That also could include Nokia and Ericsson because they have big US presences.”
The one American company in the business, Lucent Technologies, merged with the French company Alcatel in 2006. A decade later, the merged entity was absorbed by Nokia.
The US has been trying to persuade countries it regards as allies against the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks. Only Australia has come out openly and said it would ban the Chinese firm from any role.
Washington claims that Huawei can be ordered to spy for the Chinese Government and is therefore a security risk. Huawei has strongly denied that it can be coerced into such activities.
Japan, Poland and South Korea have indicated that they would toe the US line but are yet to make any definitive statements.
Last week, the US suffered a blow to its efforts when the UK announced that it would allow Huawei to supply up to 35% of the gear for non-core parts of its 5G networks. Three UK telcos launched networks last year and all have used Huawei equipment in non-core parts of their networks.
The WSJ report said there would be many hurdles to achieving what had been outlined, as different companies were involved and each had its own priorities.