By Rob Taylor in Canberra The Wall Street Journal Mayumi Negishi in Tokyo Fri., Dec. 7, 2018 The head of Australia’s top military cyber defence agency laid out dire potential scenarios when explaining why Chinese companies were blocked from the rollout of new telecommunications technology, as the pushback against Huawei Technologies Co. gains strength among U.S. allies including Japan. In a rare television interview, the chief of the Australian military’s signals intelligence organization, Mike Burgess, said Friday that 5G mobile-phone capabilities would underpin not only communications, but also critical infrastructure that could be brought down in a cyberattack. That makes the technology more strategically important than previous innovations, he said in response to questions from the country’s defence minister. “If the 5G network of the future isn’t there, there’s a good chance electricity supply might be interrupted, water … [Read more...] about Water, electricity would be at risk in attacks on 5G networks, Australian intelligence chief says
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The number of connected smart devices is set to quintuple over the next five years as new high-speed 5G networks become available to handle their traffic, telecom equipment maker Ericsson said in a report Tuesday. The forecast, made in the Swedish company's 2018 mobility report, sees the market for Internet of Things devices growing to 3.5 billion units by 2023, five times the 700 million devices currently in use. It also marks a doubling of the company's forecast from November.Patrik Cerwall, who runs industry marketing at Ericsson, said the growth in next-generation, 5G wireless networks, will fuel the growth. Nearly 1 billion devices will feature a 5G connection, he said."We have been reporting on mobile industry development for a number of years," Cerwall said in a statement. "However, this report is probably one of the more exciting ones because we are at the start of a big change in the industry." The Ericsson report forecasts the launch of first commercial 5G … [Read more...] about IoT devices to get big boost from 5G networks, Ericsson says
Technical standards for the next generation of wireless services aren’t even finalized, yet the US and China are already locked in a crucial race to be the first country to deploy a so-called 5G network. Or at least that's what both the US government and the wireless industry say. "The United States will not get a second chance to win the global 5G race," Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of the wireless industry group CTIA, warned in April, when the group released a report concluding that the US trails China and South Korea in preparing for 5G (fifth generation) networks. If that doesn’t change, the report warns, the US economy will suffer. The report echoed a leaked National Security Council document that suggested the US government consider building a 5G network. If China dominates the telecommunications network industry, the document said, it "will win politically, economically, and militarily." Democrats are worried too. The Federal Communications Commission's … [Read more...] about Does It Matter If China Beats the US to Build a 5G Network?
Gee, how did we get to 5G? Back in the '80s – when Billy Jean rocked the charts and the fanny pack was a must-have accessory – cellular phones were purely analog devices. Kind of like high-tech walkie-talkies, they were made strictly for voice calls and could not transmit digital information. Not even a text message, for that matter. Texting capabilities came to cell phones in the early '90s, with the deployment of second-generation cellular networks, which were all digital. The 2G era also saw the arrival of data services to cell phones – email, multimedia messages, and yes, downloading pictures and ringtones from the internet. Launched in the early 2000's, 3G networks allowed even faster data exchange. This enabled face-to-face video conversations, the kind of which people had only seen in Star Trek and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. But users weren't in a hurry to jump on board the 3G wagon. Even the first iPhone , launched in 2007, was … [Read more...] about 5G networks are coming in 2020: here are the speeds and advantages to expect
5G will bring higher speeds to our phones than ever before, and it's ready and raring to go….Well, almost.The advent of 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, comes loaded with promises. It will enable smart cities, wireless streaming video in virtual reality, driverless cars and a huge leap in speed and reliability. The good news is we've seen demos proving it works. But here's the bad news: We won't see the first 5G device until later this year -- and it'll likely come in the form of a wireless hotspot "puck." Phones aren't showing up until early next year at the earliest. So why should you care about 5G now? Before 5G gets out into the wild, carriers, governments, infrastructure manufacturers, chipmakers and organizations designed to bring them all together need to do some negotiating about when and how they are going to make it happen. Mobile World Congress, happening next week in Barcelona, is where many of these conversations will take place. It's not sexy, … [Read more...] about Everyone will be talking 5G at MWC, but don’t expect it to be sexy