What is 5-G? How does it differ from 4-G? What are the implications for how we live, work, educate and entertain?What are the security threats to societies and countries for a 5-G wireless network world dominated by China?
In 2018, China became the world’s largest telecom equipment provider. In 2017 China passed a law requiring all citizens and companies to “support, provide assistance, and cooperate in national intelligence work”. Security officials in both the U.S. and U.K have sounded the alarm that Chinese 5-G networks are intelligence gathering tools for the Chinese government.
Many European and African countries have 4-G networks provided at a subsidise rate by Huawei and ZTE, both Chinese companies. Due to the ‘inoperability’ of this equipment with that of other telecom companies, most will convert to Chinese 5-G networks.
How will the U.S. be able to continue providing the lion’s share of defense spending, equipment and personnel in allied countries where telecommunications are compromised?
The Danube Institute will explore these issues development with experts in the field:
Brigadier General Robert Spalding, III-Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
Matt F. Joyce-Political Military Officer in the Headquarters of US European Command
The video of our event is available here: