he Technology Generations The first generation (1G)
Uses will include self-driving cars,
The possibility of a Chinese company
remote-controlled thermostats and
having access to the core of Western
drones — connected to the internet.
telecommunications systems has
was introduced in the 1980s with
Our devices will be able to
wireless phones that had almost no
communicate directly with each
ability to transmit data.
other, essentially cutting humans out
The next generation (2G) occurred a decade later with better sound quality, security and capacity. Email and text became widespread.
of the equation.
What does 5G mean to Canada The Accenture report estimates
raised concerns - resulting in USA excluding Huawei from contracts with the American government or its contractors. The Australian government has also banned the company from its 5G networks. The United Kingdom has banned
3G brought global roaming and
that Canada’s wireless operators
higher-speed transmission, allowing
are expected to invest $26 billion
for more widespread connectivity
deploying 5G infrastructure between
and movement with devices.
2020 and 2026, having already
Dutch telecom giant Royal KPN NV
spent about $17.6 billion in spectrum
has said it will use a Western supplier
to build the core 5G mobile network.
media, post videos and use a wide
Accenture claims the payoff in that
Germany, Poland most Asian
variety of apps on smartphones.
same time will be a lift of about
Countries and the 3rd world have
$40 billion a year to Canada’s gross
refused to follow suit.
4G allowed phone users to surf the internet, stream music, access social
5G will be a game changer in wireless telecommunications, ushering in a network for future generations with more devices, faster communication, and higher speeds.
Huawei from core parts of the British communications network,
domestic product as well as the creation of 250,000 permanent jobs.
Some of the Benefits to the economy Farmers will use sensors for soil,
Huawei says it maintains its independence from the Chinese state.
What are the Issues?
Current 4G mobile networks can
crops and livestock maintenance.
Will the organisation that provides
offer speeds of about 45Mbps
“Smart irrigation” alone is expected
the underlying technology “control
(megabits per second) on average
to save blueberry farmers $270
the infrastructure of that network? “
and experts say 5G could achieve
million a year.
browsing and downloads up to 20 times faster.
Do the manufacturers and
The Oil industry will use sensors that
builders have this control or the
allow for “predictive maintenance”
telecommunication companies who
Connectivity - Internet of Things
All industries will benefit from a reduction in unplanned downtime
5G is coming regardless.
It is estimated that by 2020 between
and reduction in the risk of
Huawei has the technology and the
50 billion and 100 billion devices
catastrophic disasters associated
IP and will control a good number of
will be connected to the internet
with equipment or facilities failures
with the ability to communicate
from human error.
seamlessly with no latency. (Lag
The three main players
between sending and receiving). 5G will have enough bandwidth to revolutionise entertainment, health care and education - it will enable the “Internet of Things,” Virtual Reality; or Augmented Reality.
manage the networks?
The United States is going to have to connect into those networks
Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei are the
because you can’t have a global
leading firms in the field.
communications system where
Who is banning Huawei and who is not
American or European equipment doesn’t talk to Chinese equipment.
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