Do you know the 5G War?
We have all heard about the new 5G technology at some point: it is not just a speed advance in terms of 4G, but a whole world of unimaginable connectivity, where basically any device with the ability to connect to the internet and that has the adequate technology could be a participant in this new technological emergence. And with this, we refer to the possibility of connecting from mobile devices, computers, cars to smart appliances, giving us complete control over absolutely everything we have centralized within a network. This is thanks to the fact that this new generation will significantly multiply the internet speed and the number of devices connected simultaneously, reducing the waiting time of a network request. For this, it is necessary to install more chips that support this speed and connectivity, an extremely large investment that will take a while to be fully completed.
However, at the birth of a new opportunity that can definitely boost the economy, the great powers have begun a race to become the first and best.
Currently, there are five major manufacturers that produce the technology for the use of the 4G network: Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE and Huawei. And this is where the recent conflict between the United States and China was born, since Huawei and ZTE are companies originated in this Asian country.
Some years ago, the Intelligence Commission of the United States Congress announced that the devices manufactured by these companies could represent a risk for security, since it is suspected that these manufacturers could include some system to send information in a secret and hidden way, or that Mobile network operators fail to have adequate control over these devices. This is because, the easier technology makes our lives, the more information it will collect and need from us to function properly.
Given this, these companies soon clarified that they are completely aware of security, and are willing to establish contracts that clarify these issues.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, maintains a firm position on this issue, where he states that the internet is a right for all people and not a career that must be pursued by major world powers. In a speech made at the Mobile Devices World Congress (MWC), Zuckerberg said: “I really hope that the arrival of 5G networks is not just to connect things or to give a faster internet in exchange for money. We should not reach 2020 with 3,000 million people without access to the network. We have to finish our job of connecting people. ” There are many companies that go after this incredible challenge of the new generation of Internet. It is expected that by 2020 at least basic points will be covered in the main countries, who will be able to enjoy this significant change in connectivity. For now, we will continue to observe how this “war” develops for the title for the most developed country at the technology level or, as some mention, who manages to obtain that “technological supremacy” first.
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Author: Stephanie Williams Brenes