The U.S., China and Others Race to Develop 5G Mobile Networks

Apr 3, 2018 | 09:00 GMT

Chinese company Huawei is hoping to help shape the standards by which global 5G networks will operate.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu gives a press conference to present the new Huawei Balong 5G01, a 3GPP 5G commercial chipset on February 25, 2018 in Barcelona, on the eve of the inauguration of the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1.

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  • 5G communications networks will enhance the performance of the internet of things, autonomous vehicles and other technological advancements in the 2020s.
  • Having lagged behind its rivals in developing 5G’s predecessors, China will exert greater effort to set the parameters for the development of the new network.
  • The United States will consider various precautions to prevent China from gaining too much ground in the race to develop 5G.

Companies from China, the United States and elsewhere are battling to lay the foundations for the coming 5G mobile networks, which will be critical to operating the "internet of things," reducing latency and powering the technology of tomorrow. ...

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