The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service — from connected appliances to self-driving cars — just as cable transformed TV generations ago with hundreds of new channels. It also promises to bring a new global round of technology competition — one that overlaps with arguments over security that have pitted the U.S. against China and have raised tensions in the industry, to the dismay of telecom executives who fear that 5G’s rollout could be delayed.
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Ian King and Scott Moritz , May 15, 2019
The roll-out of 5G technology is stirring concerns over Chinese espionage on international networks as Chinese companies with long histories of spying populate the low-cost hardware market. With ever-growing examples of backdoors and spying equipment in Chinese equipment stemming from manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo, the debate over 5G is quickly turning into a national security argument.