Friday, 22 January 2021

The 5G-aliser – May 2020 update: The China–US race to 5G is heating up

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Thursday 28 May 20

With the coronavirus pandemic appearing to gradually subside and the China-US trade war gaining momentum, how has the 5G-aliser changed this month?

The month of May has seen a wide variety of developments in the world of 5G, from the fluctuating levels of spectrum availability to the introduction of AI-supported autonomous robots to help screen for the coronavirus. But no factor has been as prominent this month as that of the ongoing geopolitical battle between China and the USA, of which 5G technology is  becoming a key battleground.   Taken together, do these developments mean we are a step closer to the 5G world envisaged by so many at the start of 2020? The answer is: it’s complicated.    While there has been a lot of movement in the 5G sphere this month, it has been a story of both advancements and setbacks. As a result, we believe that the overall measure of the high level supply and demand for 5G services remains unchanged, as reflected in the 5G-aliser.   Although the industry has had time to adapt to the changed operating environment during the COVID…

The month of May has seen a wide variety of developments in the world of 5G, from the fluctuating levels of spectrum availability to the introduction of AI-supported autonomous robots to help screen for the coronavirus. But no factor has been as prominent this month as that of the ongoing geopolitical battle between China and the USA, of which 5G technology is  becoming a key battleground.   Taken together, do these developments mean we are a step closer to the 5G world envisaged by so many at the start of 2020? The answer is: it’s complicated.    While there has been a lot of movement in the 5G sphere this month, it has been a story of both advancements and setbacks. As a result, we believe that the overall measure of the high level supply and demand for 5G services remains unchanged, as reflected in the 5G-aliser.   Although the industry has had time to adapt to the changed operating environment during the COVID…

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