The security risks of 5G

Xu Zhijun, Huawei's rotating CEO, gives a speech on 5G
Xu Zhijun, Huawei’s rotating CEO, describes 5G technology in Beijing. The U.S. is worried about Huawei’s dominant position in many telecoms sectors (source: dpa)
  • Chinese firms are gaining ground in telecoms sectors around the world
  • The introduction of 5G will create new security vulnerabilities
  • The U.S. worries that China will use its firms to exploit these vulnerabilities

Widespread deployment of 5G technology is still years away, but there is growing public attention being paid to the immense benefits of enhanced wireless connectivity. With maximum speeds that are more than 100 times faster than currently available, the next generation of cellular technology will reshape economies and cultures. It is also increasingly apparent that the new wireless networks will heighten national security risk and the potential for geopolitical conflict.

If predictions prove accurate, 5G will bring an unparalleled level of connectivity to every aspect of daily life. Semiconductor and telecommunications equipment maker Qualcomm characterizes it as a “unifying connectivity fabric for our society.”

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