Nokia CEO, Rajiv Suri said that the execution of 5G networks in Europe will be delayed. He cited spectrum issues and regulations as a reason for the delay.
“I think 5G will be delayed in Europe,” told Suri, in an interview with CNBC. He said that the implementation of 5G networks in Europe would be slow compared to the U.S and China.
Suri elaborated that the reason for Europe being slow to implement 5G network was because of the lack of spectrum [radio waves necessary to host high-speed wireless networks] and regulatory problems. Spectrum is only available in some countries across Europe. Suri mentioned that the market was “overregulated” and “consolidation is not permitted”.
Most countries are in talks of implementing 5G networks. Donald Trump wants the U.S. to lead in the development of 5G networks if possible even 6G networks. U.S. and China are engaged in a fierce battle to become the leader in the technology arena.
Huawei, the Chinese tech giant is in the center of the 5G debate. Huawei’s equipment is used by numerous telecom operators. Huawei’s advanced technology will supposedly help in the easy execution of 5G networks.
However, the tech giant headed by Ren Zhengfei fell into a controversy when U.S. authorities alleged that their equipment was used as snooping devices to gather information for the Chinese government. Several countries including New Zealand, Australia and the UK have taken various preventive measures such as banning govt companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech firm.
Countries which are planning to develop 5G networks are intently watching movements of Huawei as a majority of the telecom operators from around the globe employ Huawei equipment. The Polish government is trying to push out the Huawei equipment from its future 5G network and the British government is doubtful about involving the tech giant in its 5G network plans.
Many are of the opinion that the U.S is trying to impede the participation of Huawei technology in future 5G networks because the country wants to be at the pinnacle of technology leadership. These speculations strengthened following the arrest of Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada at the request of U.S. Also, the two countries are engaged in a trade war which is affecting economies and tech firms of both the countries.
5G networks are touted as the next generation of cellular communications. It offers better speed than the current 4G networks and reliable network connections. U.S., China and Japan will most likely be the first countries to launch 5G networks.
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