In the News: The UK’s Fifth Generation (5G)

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Despite being a ‘high-risk vendor’, Chinese multinational technology company and smartphone superbrand Huawei are allowed to build parts of the UK’s 5G network, but with a 35% limit. With circulating cybersecurity concerns, predominantly centring Huawei’s capabilities of intelligence sharing, Boris Johnson agreed to Huawei’s plans, although Iain Duncan Smith has conflicting opinions and has urged the Government to revoke their decision. 

Due to the impending Brexit date, it could be argued that the UK needs to form strong relationships with other countries, in this case China (and possibly other BRICs) to ensure financial and procurement stability for the UK post Brexit.

This is great news for Huawei and their users though, this will open the door to seeing 5G devices swimming into the UK and into our stores against other contenders such as Google, Apple, and Samsung. As seen in Huawei’s promotional videos, the 5G network will enable optimum performance for their ultra HD screens – a handheld cinematic experience.

With dream-like speeds, 5G users will be able to download Netflix episodes in a matter of 3 seconds, have immediate access to YouTube minus any buffering, and download huge games like Pub G and Fortnite at lightning rates. 

 

Emerging Obstacles

 

You will have to find a 5G node and stay in close proximity due to its high frequency which means it gets blocked by trees, buildings, cars and even people. Not so bad – you will automatically connect to 4G.

It’s a pricey game to enter but with big benefits for both yourself and your devices to reap if you’re a tech-savvy individual. It brings to life the notion of supply and demand –  when devices and networks grow in popularity, prices will reduce. But this is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. 

Although not proven, the web homes anti-5G activists fighting environmental cross health concerns, especially near schools and hospitals. We can expect to see this topic appearing more frequently over news information channels and debate lounges.

 

Quick Tip

 

For those of us who avoid saying Huawei out loud because of pronunciation dilemmas, have a go at this:

h-wha-way