5G, or fifth-generation mobile telecommunications technology, enables data to be transferred at a speed that's 20 times faster than existing standards. The Huawei 5G fight is at the centre of the US-C

hina tech war. A Huawei ban was implemented in the US in May 2019.

Britain decided to ban Huawei after all
Huawei Technologies will be banned from the UK's 5G network, the British government announced on Tuesday in a major policy reversal. The decision follows escalating tension with Beijing and pressure from Washington and could add to the pressure on other European countries to review their approach to the Chinese telecoms giant. By tearing up his earlier decision to allow Huawei partial access to Britain’s 5G networks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ignored threats from Chinese officials that there will be “consequences” if the UK treats China as a “hostile partner.” The decision marks the end of a long debate in Britain's government about the Chinese firm, with critics, including members o
US Senate proposes spending $1 billion to fight Huawei’s 5G dominance
New legislation introduced in the US Senate on Tuesday aims to create a viable Western alternative to China’s telecoms giant Huawei and undercut the country’s dominance in global 5G networks. The lack of global alternatives to Huawei has been one of the biggest problems in Washington’s bid to counter Chinese strength in 5G networks – the faster and higher capacity fifth generation of telecommunication systems. The Senate bill tries to address that gap. If passed, it would spend more than $1 billion to bolster US competitiveness, allocate new spectrum and support research and development in the telecommunications industry. “We are at a critical point in history for defining the future of the
How AI and human rights get tangled up in the US-China tech rivalry
When Trump administration officials announced on October 7 that they were banning some of China’s most feted artificial intelligence and surveillance companies from buying US technology, the move caught Chinese policymakers off guard. Back in May, the US Commerce Department cited national security concerns when it barred Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from buying US technology. In its latest move, the Trump administration banned eight companies, including China’s AI national champions SenseTime, Megvii and iFlyTek, and 20 police departments for their purported roles in the suppression of Uygur minorities in Xinjiang. It was the first time that human rights were cited as a reason fo
5G in China starts at $18 a month
China has finally launched 5G networks around the country, offering breakneck internet speeds of up to 1GB per second to Chinese mobile phone users. 5G is set to transform digital life, and China is one of the places leading the charge with investments in 5G infrastructure and technology.  Although Chinese 5G plans are on sale for as little as $18 a month, many Chinese internet users aren’t rushing to sign up. Watch the video, above, to find out why.
New iPhones’ lack of 5G support makes Chinese consumers ‘think twice’
Self-proclaimed iPhone loyalist Sam Zhang must soon decide on whether to continue using Apple’s flagship product or switch to a Chinese-brand smartphone. The X factor: 5G. “I typically use an iPhone model for two to three years,” said 25-year-old Zhang, who has an iPhone 7 Plus and works for a foreign company in the southern coastal city of Shenzhen. “So if I buy the new iPhone 11, I won’t be able to use a 5G data plan for the next two to three years, which would be pretty dumb if everyone else is using the latest mobile service.” Other iPhone users in the world’s largest smartphone market could also be prompted to make a similar decision, dampening the outlook on the mainland for the latest
How 5G will fast track the internet of things
In Hangzhou, police officers are notified of major car accidents soon after they happen, traffic lights automatically adjust to changes in the volume of vehicles on the road and, in emergencies, fire trucks and ambulances are not stopped by a single red light until they arrive at the scene. The city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province is one of the country’s major tech hubs. Its smart infrastructure powers the City Brain project, a cloud computing and AI-driven urban traffic-management system. It covers a total area of 162 square miles – that’s seven times the size of Manhattan. When 5G mobile services start to roll out worldwide next year, smart cities such as Hangzhou will get even smarte
The US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant falls flat in Southeast Asia
When a senior Malaysia trade official toured a Huawei training center in the country and mingled with the Chinese 5G champion’s executives last week, the vibe in the room was all smiles. Yet half the world away in Washington’s corridors of power, it’s hard to imagine there was anything but grimaces. Malaysia is just the latest in a string of Southeast Asian nations to have welcomed the world’s largest telecommunications company with open arms, flying in the face of warnings from the United States that doing so will leave their most highly classified secrets vulnerable to Chinese spies. The region is shaping up as a key battleground in a war between the US and China to influence the roll-out
Why are the US and China fighting over 5G domination
You know it must be nothing short of transformational when Washington goes on the offensive over Beijing getting ahead in a telecommunications standard. But what is this new 5G technology and why has it got the world’s two biggest economies at each other’s throats? Let’s just say it’s a lot more important than allowing you to download the latest high-definition episode of Game of Thrones on your smartphone in seconds. According to some experts, 5G could change the way we live forever. Simply put, 5G means faster internet connections with huge capacity. 5G wireless networks will provide the connectivity backbone for a host of industrial “Internet of Things” applications that work on big data,
Why Australia banned Chinese tech giants from building its 5G network
Good friends are forever, except maybe when it comes to friendships between countries. This is in part the thinking behind Australia’s move to ban two Chinese companies from building a next-generation telecommunications network in the country, according to the former Australian leader whose administration oversaw the ban. Australia banned tech giants Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network as a “hedge against adverse contingencies” in case relations with China soured in the future, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in an interview with the South China Morning Post this week. Turnbull, who was ousted as leader in August 2018, said that his government “decided not to allow 5G networks to
Australia bans China tech giants on 5G
Australia has banned two Chinese tech giants from building next-generation communications infrastructure. Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE have been blocked from building 5G infrastructure in the country, on national security grounds. An Australian government statement said that it was risky to involve “vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law.” The statement made no mention of China, but Huawei confirmed on Twitter that both companies had been blocked from providing 5G technology in Australia. We have been informed by the Govt that Huawei & ZTE have been banned from providing 5G technology to Australia. This is