Stakes up for US, China in 5G race amid trade war

Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen. Analysts say 5G technology, which offers faster data transmission and processing speeds than 4G, has the potential to influence critical infrastructure.
Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen. Analysts say 5G technology, which offers faster data transmission and processing speeds than 4G, has the potential to influence critical infrastructure.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Cyber security concerns have politicised tech rivalry and neither party wants to lose

The towering stakes in the race to develop and roll out the fifth generation of mobile communications or 5G have been amplified, especially for the United States and China as tensions between them worsen.

Possibly a multitrillion-dollar business, 5G technology has the potential to influence critical infrastructure such as planes, oil pipelines and power stations, analysts said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline 'Stakes up for US, China in 5G race amid trade war'. Print Edition | Subscribe