The Race to 5G Technologies
It was reported on 13th February that President Trump had blocked the hostile take-over of Qualcomm by Broadcom on the backdrop of China’s Telecommunication giant Huawei influence on Broadcom. The various reasons given ranged from national security issue to the cut of R&D funding on Qualcomm should the deal proceed and it is easily understood why.
But firstly what is 5G? In 2015, ITU (International Telecommunications Union) defined what should be the vision and application scenarios of 5G and ironically took them from the same dimensions as proposed by Chinese Huawei. That application scenarios were enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications.
So what was Huawei’s definition of 5G? Well, in its website, Huawei identified 15 typical application scenarios that is critical to overcome and should be defined as the minimum requirements for 5G; such as full high definition (FHD) live video broadcast and virtual reality requiring ultra broadband; Internet of Things (IoT) which features massive connections; autonomous cars; smart grid; and intelligent manufacturing which are all latency sensitive and thus critical for this new technology to overcome, which is now known as 5G.
Back to todate (13th March 2018), it was reported by Bloomberg that Broadcom is using Huawei chips on its telecommunication equipments, and already Huawei is the biggest telecoms vendors in 2017 with a reported sales of USD 95 Billion, more than that of Nokia, ZTE and Ericsson combined. And as such, it argued, could pose serious national security issue for US in the future. Therefore, the CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the US) argued, Huawei could easily shape the way and write the rules on future wireless and other telecommunication technologies. The fact that Huawei holds about a 10th of 5G patents internationally doesn’t help its case either.
5G technology is claimed to be faster than 4G, enabling myriad of capabilities due to enhanced data transfer rate and as such, enabling new and cutting edge technologies to be performed such as remote surgeries. Better customer experience due to faster download pace and video streaming will lead to more development and spun off services such as VR products streaming.
This is not without outsider suspicions towards Chinese technology. Huawei was reported to have connection with Chinese Communist Party and is seen as an extender of the State spying agency which led to President Trump blocking the Broadcom take-over of Qualcomm.
The 5G technology itself is not without merit. With the rise of fintech, regtech, online marketplace, online hailing services among others, this 5G technology would literally transform existing products and services and have huge implications and in return, generating more demand for such 5G technology and its related products and infrastructures. With the spill-off effect, we guessed that this 5G technology is worth more than USD 50 Billion in 10 years to come.https://straitsjournal.com/the-race-to-5g-technologies/Digital TechnologySemiconductorThe Future5G,digital,ericsson,huawei,nokia,technology,telecommunication,zteIt was reported on 13th February that President Trump had blocked the hostile take-over of Qualcomm by Broadcom on the backdrop of China's Telecommunication giant Huawei influence on Broadcom. The various reasons given ranged from national security issue to the cut of R&D funding on Qualcomm should the deal...Editor firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministratorThe Straits Journal