Wireless Wars: China’s Dangerous Domination of 5G | Jon Pelson on Hidden Forces with Demetri Kofinas

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Key Takeaways

  • “Huawei is the biggest front company. Don’t get me wrong, they are making the best products… But, their greatest purpose is to help China improve and increase their power in the world” – Jon Pelson
    • The partnership between Telecom giant, Huawei, and the CCP has allowed them to monopolize production in the industry
    • China understands the leverage this gets them in the war on information
  • 5G embodies the internet of things where everything (physical & digital) is interconnected, giving exponential opportunities for bandwidth capabilities and device capacity
  • We all can wait a few seconds for a website to load but what about bandwidth efficiency associated with remote surgery or autonomous cars?
    • 5G’s technology has the ability to work at groundbreaking low latency levels – The time between receiving data and decision making

Intro

International Telecom Dilemma

  • Bell Labs was the premier American innovator in the telecom space (and more: solar panels, fiber optics, stereo, micro-wave radar)
    • Moved manufacturing to China in the early 1990’s – low labor cost was too hard to pass up
    • To remain cost-competitive, telecom companies like AT&T were forced to outsource to China
  • Currently, there is no American manufacturer developing the telecom equipment and tools to enable 5G
    • Huawei is a Chinese company that has come to power in the international telecom sector
      • The CCP reportedly has given Huawei $75 Billion in financial aid
      • China has used Huawei to extend its political power and influence across the world
      • “Huawei is the biggest front company. Don’t get me wrong, they are making the best products… But, their greatest purpose is to help China improve and increase their power in the world” – Jon Pelson
    • Wireless Wars by Jon Pelson provides solutions on how to bring telecom back on-shore to combat the Chinese abuse of power on the industry

What is 5G?

  • 5G will change the way we live, not just the way we communicate
    • 1G was just cellular, analog, voice-only
    • 2G was a digital and more secure upgrade, allowed for text messaging
      • Traditional telephones connected places to places, modern telephones connect people to people
    • 3G enabled mobile internet access
    • 4G allowed for video communication and had an “always-on” connection
    • 5G embodies the internet of things where everything (physical & digital) is interconnected, having exponential bandwidth capabilities
      • Think about a smart refrigerator, it alone may have 3-5 different sensors collecting data. 5G can handle and interpret this flow of information.
      • 5G is designed to manage a massive amount of devices simultaneously, regardless of bandwidth
  • Improved bandwidth technology in 5G is similar to the technology associated with shooting down missiles
    • Phased Array Antenna – Your phone is like a missile, the cell systems zero in on your device and delivers the exact amount of bandwidth that you need (“a steerable beam”)
  • We all can wait a few seconds for a website to load but what about bandwidth efficiency associated with remote surgery or autonomous cars?
    • 5G’s technology has the ability to work at groundbreaking low latency levels – The time between receiving data and decision making
  • Decentralized local servers – For example, a New York Times article would come from a local cache rather than all the way from the NYT server
  • Your phone may say you have 5G right now, you don’t – your phone may be operating at the correct frequency for 5G but the standards for 5G have yet to be established
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Notes By Drew Waterstreet

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