Western countries are fearing that China’s plans to accelerate the development of 5G mobile networks and related technologies can lead to the fact that licensing of equipment for these networks will subsequently take place on Chinese terms. As a result, American and European IT companies may lose their advantages, Sina Tech reports with reference to The Globalist.
In June of this year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China announced that mobile 5G networks are already in the process of deployment. According to the Ministry’s calculations, the new generation of networks will give the Chinese economy an additional $ 1 trillion, create at least 8 million jobs by 2020 and lead to a sharp increase in consumption.
SupChina refers in its newsletter to the words of Thomas J. Duesterbrg of the Hudson Institute, according to which Google and Apple owe their virtually monopoly position to the 4G networks. They also owe their appearance to such services as Uber and Airbnb. Duesterbrg believes that European and American companies should, on the one hand, jointly launch active implementation of 5G networks and, on the other hand, involve international organizations (from NATO to WTO) in order to “curb” the flow of Chinese state subsidies to the industry, to protect intellectual property and respond to security threats.
Recall that the Chinese mobile operator China Mobile intends to start commercial implementation of the 5G communication standard by 2020.
In 2013, China Mobile basically completed the development of appropriate technologies for the new communication standard, and starting in 2016, testing and development of new products under the 5G began. In 2017-2018, the company will continue testing the new communication standard before commencing its commercial use, scheduled for 2020, the statement said.