Huawei and the 5G revolution

Huawei and the 5G revolution: Race for 5G domination in China

A woman using a mobile phone in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Japan's three telcos are conducting 5G mobile communications trials. A 5G service robot serving bottles of water to travellers at a Hangzhou railway station during the Spring Festival travel r
Engineers from South Korean telco KT Corporation setting up a base station for an ultra-fast 5G network on the island of Dokdo, which is also claimed by Japan. PHOTO: KT CORPORATION
A woman using a mobile phone in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Japan's three telcos are conducting 5G mobile communications trials. A 5G service robot serving bottles of water to travellers at a Hangzhou railway station during the Spring Festival travel r
Pro-Beijing residents in Hongkong calling for the release of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who has been charged with conspiring to violate United States sanctions on Iran. PHOTO: ZUMA WIRE
A woman using a mobile phone in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Japan's three telcos are conducting 5G mobile communications trials. A 5G service robot serving bottles of water to travellers at a Hangzhou railway station during the Spring Festival travel r
5G service robot serving bottles of water to travellers at a Hangzhou railway station during the Spring Festival travel rush. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A woman using a mobile phone in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Japan's three telcos are conducting 5G mobile communications trials. A 5G service robot serving bottles of water to travellers at a Hangzhou railway station during the Spring Festival travel r
A woman using a mobile phone in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Japan’s three telcos are conducting 5G mobile communications trials.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A woman using a mobile phone in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Japan's three telcos are conducting 5G mobile communications trials. A 5G service robot serving bottles of water to travellers at a Hangzhou railway station during the Spring Festival travel r
A 5G driverless car operated by Ericsson and Indian telco Reliance Jio that was developed in collaboration with IIT Delhi. PHOTO: ERICSSON

Despite its industry champions' legal woes in the West, China has exploded off the starting blocks in the race to be the world leader in next-generation 5G technology.

Last December, Beijing approved 5G test frequency licences for its three major telcos, setting the stage for large-scale 5G tests nationwide this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'Race for 5G domination'. Print Edition | Subscribe