To build a 5G network you need a new type of telecoms gear, many more base stations and they need to be smarter. It is the Chinese Tech company Huawei which makes the most advanced 5G gear and this has been making Western governments nervous.
Huawei is the brainchild of Ren Zhengfei the company’s founder, who has been compared to the likes of Steve Jobs. Growing his company from a small workshop to a global Tech giant, He now employing 180,000 people. Huge spending on research means Huawei claim they’re now around 18 months ahead of any other 5G manufacturer and that includes not just getting faster and faster data speeds, but also dealing with the problems that come from higher performance.
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According to a Huawei base station technician, Huawei been experimenting on reducing the heat generated as a result of 5G, which is about 1000 watts for 5G compared to about 300 watts for 4G. This is a common problem in technology as things get faster and they can see more power they get hotter and new cooling techniques to need to be developed.
Huawei is currently enjoying huge success with revenues last year in excess of 100 billion dollars, but this is also a company facing some serious issues. The biggest is that the US is coming for Huawei in a big way, the problem is Mr. Ren was once a member of China’s people’s liberation army and has raised suspicions about his links to the Chinese state and whether it and Huawei may have each other’s backs.
America is convinced that Huawei is porn of the Chinese authorities. In 2017 China passed the national intelligence law, which says that if asked all Chinese companies and citizens must help the government to assist national intelligence efforts. China claims this is part of an effort to safeguard its security, but the fear is that if Huawei supplies any country’s 5G network, the Chinese could exploit it.
Many have said, the threat of spying that we’ve heard so much about recently is overblown. But there is another threat that they take very seriously. In the future where our entire infrastructure our economy and our lives are run by computers talking to each other over a 5G network, what would happen if someone shot that network down?
I think the future of warfare is not necessarily going to be using traditional armies in the way that we think of the 2nd World War. The future of warfare is most likely going to be cyber so without firing a shot, you could take a country out and it is feared that the Chinese state could order Huawei to build secret backdoors in a 5G network, these would leave the country vulnerable to a nationwide cyber-attack and that could be catastrophic.