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The fifth-generation fastest 5G wireless communication technology will replace the architecture created this century with the one that will accelerate communications, and lower energy consumption and maintenance costs.
US legislation will protect 5G telecommunications systems and mobile infrastructure. A House Foreign Affairs Committee’s bill would require the administration to develop an unclassified, national strategy to maximize the security of 5G telecommunications systems.
It comes following the announcement by the Federal Communications Commission that it would place greater restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE due to widespread security concerns.
Currently, Chinese tech companies own 36 percent of all 5G standard-essential patents compared to just 14 percent for U.S.-based companies.
“In the face of mounting cybersecurity threats from China, the United States must develop a national game plan to safeguard our telecommunications infrastructure,” U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, the sponsor of the bill, said, according to homelandprepnews.com. “This strategy needs to recognize that, with the integration of Chinese 5G technology in countries around the world, the threat of foreign influence in our 5G networks—and those of our partners and allies—continues to grow.”
The bill would require the administration to build a plan to secure 5G systems and infrastructure, assist allies and defense partners in maximizing the security of 5G systems and infrastructure in their countries, and protect the competitiveness of U.S. companies and the privacy of U.S. consumers.