Skip to comments.What's At Stake in the Race for 5G Dominance
Posted on 01/14/2020 3:02:11 PM PST by Kaslin
The United States and China are racing for dominance in 5G wireless connectivity. The R&D, the inventions, the technological standards and the commercial products developed and deployed in the coming months and years will determine whose inventions bring the world the next generation of wireless technology.
Two companies lead in foundational research and development of 5G. Fortunately for the world, U.S.-based Qualcomm has invented and developed superior 5G core technologies.
It makes a profound difference which countrys innovations a few key collaborative standards-setting bodies adopt as the foundation of the next-generation wireless infrastructure.
5G wont be your Moms internet. Beyond connecting people with cell phones, 5G will enable the Internet of Things, linking industrial-scale, highly sophisticated equipment, from manufacturing robots to self-driving automobiles to remote patient monitoring and more.
Today, Qualcomm has set the 5G stage by doing what experts had thought impossible. It figured out how to use high-wave radio spectrum for mobile communications. Qualcomm pours billions of dollars and extensive time and resources into R&D, a fifth of its revenues
As an example, Qualcomm has developed unique technologies to make millimeter waves useful for cellular communications in 5G. Its beam-forming and beam-tracking inventions actuate mmWaves in 5G. This spectrum band is abundant, cheaper and well suited to last-mile deployment.
Creating technology to deploy mmWave in addition to lower bands already used in wireless connectivity gives Qualcomm and thus the United States a distinct competitive advantage. Our 5G will use all radio waves, with mmWave ideal for both urban areas and bringing broadband to that last-mile deployment in rural homes, businesses and schools.
The 5G standards contest revolves around whether Qualcomms or Huaweis core technologies are adopted. This will set the technological specifications that implementers, such as telecommunications carriers, base station makers, mobile device makers, and components producers, use for all manner of commercial and industrial applications.
5G technology and the resulting standards are akin to the contest over which mode of electricity would become the common standard: Edisons direct current or Westinghouse and Teslas alternating current. AC won, and the rest is history. It was safer and cheaper to distribute over long distances, and today AC electricity powers the world.
China and Huawei have been known to game the standards-setting process. Its in danger of shifting from consensus to vote-stacking, from technological merit to politicization. Huaweis capturing the global lead in 5G is part of Chinas grand strategy.
The stakes are high. A Wall St. Journal columnist identifies [e]fforts by China to export its method of authoritarian government backed by high-tech surveillance. 5G will provide top-to-bottom connectivity superfast, more reliable, seamless that spurs new and improved uses, and the worlds data will be carried over 5G networks. Huaweis 5G technology can be exploited for Chinese expansionism, spying and stealing if it is adopted
How can America prevent Chinese tech-totalitarianism?
Of course, we must bolster the rule of law, private property rights and private enterprise. Robust intellectual property policies must be restored; courts, Congress, and the administrative branch have undermined secure, reliable, enforceable IP rights.
Some have called for the federal government to take over 5G technology. That would be a huge mistake. Command and control will slow U.S. innovation. The private sector and market competition are better routes to our success.
The federal government has a role, but its not to mimic Chinas centralization. The U.S. government must recommit to and revive the certainty of private ownership of the IP developed from federally funded research. It must embrace the exercise of patent rights of exclusivity, including the patent licensing business model.
The Defense Department is moving the wrong direction on this, and federal agency tech transfer has degraded over the years. The Bayh-Dole Act unleashed practical and commercial benefits from knowledge gained under federal research funding accomplished by decisively securing private ownership of related IP. The ROI Initiative last year marked a good first step, but more is necessary.
The U.S. government should foster private sector innovation, including virtual networking for 5G. This would bring new commercial companies including American ones into the cellular infrastructure industry, and would create networks with open interfaces between network components. R&D and adoption tax credits, federal purchase guarantees and other incentives would advance 5G in secure, trustworthy, affordable directions, while boosting the U.S. industrial base.
We can bring along our European allies. While some may take Huaweis 5G predatory pricing, others recognize the dangers to security, privacy and sovereignty from a Chinese Trojan horse. Germanys legislature is pushing back against Huawei equipment in the countrys 5G infrastructure. A U.S.-developed virtual network approach would give other nations a viable alternative for 5G.
U.S. leadership in innovation and industry will require our taking advantage of the brilliant breakthroughs Qualcomm and other U.S. firms are achieving. On the cusp of 5G standards-setting, we cant afford wrong moves. Wise, principled policies that enable private-sector innovation are critical.
The federal government has a role, but its not to mimic Chinas centralization. The U.S. government must recommit to and revive the certainty of private ownership of the IP developed from federally funded research. It must embrace the exercise of patent rights of exclusivity, including the patent licensing business
Apparently the range is poor?
I don’t see 5G improving coverage in areas where I go that already don’t have coverage.
Whatever happened to the use of ELF to communicate with subs?
Not sure about that. May have to be how much data can be transmitted via the carrier through the medium of air, through walls, glass, etc.
Chinese make high quality products. It will come down as it always does, to scalability and cost.
See T-Mobile 600 MHz 5g. Not as fast as mm but long range.
The contest between VHS and BetaMax video recording came down to which format the porn industry went with.
I’m going to guess the “high-bandwidth” app which will drive the desire for 5G will involve virtual-reality interactive porn.
5G is the next advance in mobile communications. T_mobile already has a nation wide 5G network in place. There is no turning back.
Sounds like everyone’s health is at stake!
Why Scientists Are Opposing 5G Networks
Scientists are speaking up and demanding we examine the health risks more closely before blanketing our neighborhoods, homes, and businesses with 5G technology radiation.
The controversy about the potential dangers of electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones, household electronics, and power lines has raged for many years. Studies do show an increased risk for certain health issues, most notably cancer. With the introduction of 5G technology the threat to our health has greatly increased, so much so that many people, including physicians and scientists are speaking up and demanding we examine the risks more closely before blanketing our neighborhoods, homes, and businesses with more electromagnetic energy.
5G, or 5th Generation, wireless network is the latest development of mobile technologies promoted as a means to achieve faster internet and streaming services, provide better cell phone coverage, and reduce commute times and energy usage with improved public safety due to smart grid efficiencies. The telecom industry is touting 5G as a necessity for modern lifesomething that will take us out the stone age of technology and into a new frontier of self-driving cars and washing machines that can order their own soap.
Unlike the 4G technology currently in use, which relies on huge 90-foot cell towers with a dozen or so antenna ports on each, the 5G system uses numerous small cell bases, each with about 100 antenna ports. It is expected to be up to 100 times faster than 4G technology and capable of supporting at least 100 billion devices.
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I don’t want government controlled “...washing machines that can order their own soap..”.
Apparently the range is poor?
Poor is putting it kindly.
Line of sight, it’s got range, but it penetrates very little.
Yes. They have to use higher frequencies to meet the higher bandwidth requirements. Shorter ranges AND you need more antennas to cover everyone even if they aren’t trying to now live-stream via Periscope or have self-driving cars navigating via the signals.
And they’re eroding ham radio frequency allocations to get some of the needed frequencies for 5G.
Selfdriving cars replacing your ability to control your movement.
It's designed for short range. Unlike your current phone, antennas will be directional and use nearby microcells. The architecture is fundamentally different.