The US on Monday announced that a chunk of bandwidth long reserved for the military will be auctioned off to telecommunications firms for use in ultra-speedy 5G networks.
One hundred megahertz of “contiguous, coast-to-coast mid-band spectrum” will be made available for commercial 5G deployment, the White House and the Department of Defense said in a joint release.
The bandwidth in the range from 3450 and 3550 megahertz was identified for use in 5G networks and can be made available without impairing military or national security capabilities, according to senior administration officials.
The Federal Communications Commission will be able to start auctioning the spectrum in December, and it could be put to use for new-generation telecommunication networks as soon as mid-2022, according to the release.
The addition will increase to 535 megahertz the amount of mid-band spectrum available for 5G networks in the US, which is behind other countries such as China and South Korea when it comes to deploying the potentially transformative technology.
Beijing recently slammed US warnings of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Chinese telecoms company Huawei to develop its 5G network, accusing Washington of “unscrupulous oppression” of the country’s tech companies.
Huawei — the world’s top producer of telecoms networking equipment — has become a pivotal issue in the geopolitical standoff between Beijing and Washington, which claims the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.
Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the US opposed the use of Huawei products not on national security grounds, but because they objected to the rise of Chinese firms.
Washington has essentially barred Huawei from the US market and waged a global campaign to isolate the company.
The British government bowed to growing US pressure and pledged last month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.
Australia and Japan have also taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company’s participation in their 5G rollouts, while European telecoms operators including Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.
“Looking at the overall very big picture on 5G and the race to 5G and the dynamic going on with Huawei right now, you know, we view that as a really multifaceted effort,” a senior administrative official said.
“Without domestic deployment, you just don’t have, kind of, the market share being supported for the trusted vendors that are kind of Huawei’s competitors.”
The US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Chinese telecoms company Huawei to develop its 5G network, in an interview published Wednesday.
“I wouldn’t say there would be retaliation, but there would be consequences” if Brazil goes against US advice and picks the Chinese firm, Ambassador Todd Chapman told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)
Brazil is due to launch a tender next year for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America’s most populous country, home to 212 million people.
The United States has been actively lobbying countries worldwide to boycott Huawei, arguing the firm could allow the Chinese government to spy on their data.
“At any time, the Chinese government could ask Huawei to send it information,” Chapman said.
“There’s no purely American company in the running. I’m not saying this to make a billion dollars. It’s a matter of national security.”
Other companies that have shown interest in Brazil’s 5G tender include Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia.
Chapman also warned Brazil could scare away foreign investment by contracting a company that the US claims violates intellectual property rights and receives unfair state support that puts its competitors at a disadvantage.
“The US position is to alert our allies and friends, such as Brazil, so they know who they’re working with,” he said.
Chapman said the United States was prepared to help secure funds through the International Development Finance Corporation, a US government institution, to roll out 5G “for those who buy products from reliable suppliers.”
The pressure is putting President Jair Bolsonaro’s government in a bind.
Since taking office last year, the far-right leader has cultivated close ties with US President Donald Trump, whom he admires.
But China is Brazil’s biggest trading partner.
The row comes amid what many analysts are describing as a “new Cold War” between the US and China.
Britain announced earlier this month it would remove Huawei equipment from its 5G network, bowing to pressure from Washington despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.
Tech firm to fight ‘defensive’ war amid rising US pressure
Chinese technology giant Huawei said on Monday that Italy’s decision to exclude Huawei from a recent tender to supply 5G technology was a commercial decision rather than geopolitical one.
The comment, coming on the heels of the UK’s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G construction, sends a signal that the embattled tech firm is taking the initiative to minimize the impact of the UK’s decision on other European nations amid a US-led attack on the tech company.
Huawei will continue working with Telecom Italia (TIM) despite the Chinese company was not asked to attend a 5G tender, Luigi De Vecchis, the chairman of the group’s Italian unit, said, NRM learnt.
“We respect the decision, which is of a commercial not political nature that concerns one of the many parts of the network,” he was quoted as saying in the report, while noting that the UK’s ban was in contrast a “geopolitical, not a technological decision.”
Italy – which has built strong economic ties with China and is the first of the G7 nations to join China proposed Belt and Road Initiative – has yet to publicly decide whether to include Huawei in its 5G rollout.
“Huawei is now taking a two-way strategy in European markets. On one hand, it sends a warning to the UK and criticizes the ban. On the other, it aligns with other European nations to prevent their decisions being swayed by that of the British government,” Cui Hongjian, director of EU Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)
Huawei is adopting a “grasping the large; letting go of the small” attitude in the Europe market – it has to sacrifice some of its core network share in a bid to exchange for keeping its businesses operating in the vast European continent, Jiang, a close follower of Huawei, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Monday
The UK announced on July 14 that it will restrict Huawei from building its 5G networks, reversing a January decision to allow the Chinese tech firm to partially participate. Industry insiders deemed the move as London yielding to US pressure, and US President Donald Trump claimed credit for the UK decision.
Washington hopes it can capitalize by ‘adding flames’ to Europe potentially following in the footsteps of the UK’s Huawei ban. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo kicked off a two-day visit to the UK Monday, where he will discuss certain topics including China with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Cui said that the second half of 2020 is of vital importance to Huawei in terms of its market share in Europe, so the global 5G frontrunner needs to defend its position in a strategic way.
“It needs to build closer relations with big European nations such as Italy, Germany and France, sometimes with leverage such as expanding investments there. Also, it should cement ties with small- and medium-size EU nations, including Belgium and the Netherlands, to ensure its market share won’t be eroded,” Cui explained.
Belgium Federal Minister for Telecoms Philippe de Backer said last week the country will not join Britain in banning Huawei’s 5G.
Some analysts say it’s impossible that European countries will bow to US political pressure and kick out Huawei.
Ma Jihua, a veteran industry insider and close follower of Huawei, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) Monday that making use of Huawei’s superior 5G technology is in the best interests of European countries, as a way of showing their diplomatic independence, and such moves may also save them a huge amount of money.
China and EU countries generally have more cooperation than competition in telecom industry with intertwined interests, Ma said, adding that only through cooperation, could telecoms operators like Nokia and Ericsson benefit from each other’s vast markets.
As a key year for 5G network rollout, keeping Huawei in their market is the most effective way of maintaining a leading position in the upcoming 5G era, while ruling out Huawei will bring undesired results, Ma said.
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that 5G network will be of benefit to Nigerians and will improve the economy, their business and general well-being.
The NCC advised that 5G should be embraced just as the rest of the world is doing.
The agency also revealed that 5G is simply a new generation network just as the world has had 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G.
This is contained in a statement made available to Noble Reporters Media.
“5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.
“5G has the potential to provide 20X faster data speeds and carries a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high-density areas – like airports, stadiums or urban areas – can still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service.
“As the world replaces more and more household items with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also known as the Internet of Things, this network capacity will be critical. 5G will potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices per square mile. 5G is a transformational change from 4G.
“5G will enhance technological development because of the extremely fast transfer rate of large quantities of data. Overall, it enables interconnected devices for instant communication. This is a new connected world of ‘Smart cities’ made possible by 5G networks.
“5G is extremely fast: it supports data transfer rates of up to 20Gbit/s, if supported by robust fibre infrastructure. On top of that, wireless data delays drop to one millisecond. This opens up the potential for multiple driverless cars, where large quantities of potentially lifesaving data have to be transferred almost instantaneously.
“5G network is designed to carry data up to 10 times faster than 4G networks. This means HD movies can be downloaded in seconds.
“5G tops out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). 5G is 10 to x100 faster than 4G.The use of shorter frequencies (millimeter waves between 30GHz and 300GHz) for 5G networks is the reason why 5G is so fast.
“5G has been deployed commercially and in use in some countries. As with the previous technologies, the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has classified radiation from 5G as non-ionizing and therefore safe for human beings.
“5G represents the future. While we have made tremendous progress since the advent of the global system of mobile communication (GSM) in Nigeria, 5G will be the bedrock of future communications.
“According to GSMA’s Policy Position on 5G spectrum, ‘5G is expected to support significantly faster mobile broadband speeds and lower latencies than previous generations while also enabling the full potential of the Internet of Things.’
“5G will revolutionize and transform our way of life. From education to agriculture, security to entertainment and governance in general. On education, 5G will transform our educational system. The availability of a fast wireless network will enable virtual learning.
“For our educators, 5G will empower them to reimagine what is possible inside and outside their classrooms. The ability to download high quality and feature-length documentary in seconds, hosting a guest speaker via hologram or tutoring students virtually in real-time will speak to a 5G powered Nigeria.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionise healthcare. 5G will make it easier to determine potential diagnosis and decide on the best treatment plan.
“By moving to 5G networks, healthcare organisations can use the AI tools they need to provide the best care possible – from wherever they are in the hospital or clinic.
“5G will support businesses’ innovative ambitions and create new markets, transforming supply chain management and creating smarter, more efficient manufacturing. It is also a fundamental platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the rapidly expanding number of devices that collect transmit and share data via the internet.
“Studies have shown that by the end of 2020 more than half of all new businesses will rely on the “IoT” to cut costs, build efficiencies, and grow their bottom lines. However, many of the innovations 5G technology will fuel literally may not be available yet especially in Nigeria. For the “IoT” to realise its limitless potential, 5G is critical.
“5G will allow us to stream, download, and upload huge quantities of data at a much faster rate than we are currently able to. This means higher definition video either from TV or using video conferencing. Additionally, 5G is designed to facilitate a wealth of new applications for wireless technologies.
“Driverless cars and drones will be able to safely and near-instantaneously send and receive information about their surroundings that will allow them to operate safely.
“Immersive virtual and augmented realities will become increasingly feasible experiences as the large quantities of data associated with HD graphics and processing external data can be transferred between devices accurately and quickly.
“Artificial Intelligence can help predict which patients are more likely to have postoperative complications, allowing healthcare systems to provide early interventions when necessary.
“Mobile augmented reality (AR) shopping experiences will revolutionise retail, with customers able to visualize products in a local environment. In-store, AR will enable shoppers to view additional information on a product simply by pointing their phones at it.
“A key benefit of 5G could be helping businesses work more quickly and more efficiently – in turn, saving costs and increasing revenue.
“Many countries are looking to 5G to better connect rural communities, allowing more people to start businesses from home and opening up opportunities.
“The shift from hardware to a software-based network environment will bring about lower overheads for mobile operators. Those savings will, in turn, be able to be passed on to business customers.
“With network slicing, it will be possible for a business to own their own private 5G network, precisely set up according to its specific business needs. 5G will certainly have much greater capacity across a much wider range of spectrums, but it will also use that space more intelligently, assigning only the resources necessary for each application.
“Generally, Quality of Experience (QoE) by users of telecoms will improve significantly with 5G just as there has been improvement in speed and user experience from the evolutionary shift from 1G, 2G,3G and current 4G in the country.
“What will 5G do: With 5G, we would have connected cities. In the area of transport and infrastructure, we would have Smart cars, car to car communications, smart parking, traffic decongestion and smart grids amongst others.
“We can have large scale events with thousands of users connected. Improved residential connections, smart energy and smart homes, e-health for health care and hospitals. Smart farms, Smart utilities, Remote management and Multi hop.
Features of 5G:
· Faster response time
· Very high capacity
· More software options to upgrade
· Ubiquitous connectivity
· Wide range of applications
· Speed up to 10Gbit/s
· Virtually ‘0’ latency
· 100 times more devices.
Benefits of 5G to Internet of Things:
· Deep coverage – to reach challenging locations.
· Ultra low energy- 10+ years of battery life.
· Ultra-low complexity- 10s bits per second.
· Ultra-low high density -1 million nodes per km2.”
The long-term impact of Coronavirus on 5G adoption will be limited, according to new forecasts from analysts at CCS Insight that predict there will be more than one billion connections by 2022.
The pandemic has resulted in some short term disruption. Lockdown measures have restricted the ability of operators to build 5G infrastructure, caused regulators to delay auctions of new spectrum, and have lowered demand for new smartphones.
Accordingly, CCS’s forecasts for 2020 and 2021 are lower than they were pre-pandemic. However the easing of restrictions in China, coupled with strong 5G momentum in the country and more affordable handsets means the overall forecast is still optimistic.
Analysts note that 5G networks have launched in 17 countries and believe the global mobile phone market will have made a full recovery by 2022 – exceeding sales figures in 2019.
By 2023, is its predicted there will be 3.2 billion 5G connections – a quarter of the overall figure globally. China will reach the 100 million milestone this year and the 1 billion mark in 2024.
“The arrival of new chipsets and fierce competition in the shrinking global mobile phone market will lead to a quick introduction of 5G in more moderately priced smartphones in 2020,” said Marina Koytcheva, CCS Insight’s vice president of forecasting.
“We’re going to see prices of supporting devices tumble below $400 faster than previously expected, a trend that will be instrumental in 5G becoming more accessible to a much wider demographic.”
“Strong desire from local operators to make up for delays caused by Covid-19 in the first quarter, combined with enthusiastic support from the government, wide availability of more-affordable 5G handsets and the unrelenting ambition of local network equipment and handset manufacturer Huawei, will spur demand,” added Kester Mann, head of CCS Insight’s consumer and connectivity research.”
The forecasts come with the caveat that there is still ongoing uncertainty and that an economic slowdown could impact both adoption and rollout.
An evangelical pastor in the United Kingdom, Jonathon James, has been identified as the voice behind the viral recording linking 5G to the spread of COVID-19, NobleReporters gathered
James, who claimed to be a former Vodafone executive, preaches regularly at churches in Luton, Bedfordshire.
In a 38-minute recording, circulated to millions of people across the world since last month, the pastor made unverified claims that COVID-19 is a plot to hide the installation of 5G mobile network.
Not only that, he said it was meant to monitor the world through computer chips inserted into the human body as vaccines.
“It has nothing to do with biological warfare but is our bodies reacting to radiofrequency radiation,” James said in the recording.
“They are using coronavirus to try to hide the fact that people are dying from the 5G frequency. The coronavirus is not what’s killing people, it is clearly, categorically, unequivocally proven that the radio frequencies we are being exposed to are killing the people.
“God has blessed me with the ability to bring disparate pieces of information together that puts the puzzle together and makes sense of it,” he had said.
Nigerian, Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers Love World, aka Christ Embassy, had also backed the claim.
Oyakhilome had linked the Coronavirus pandemic and 5G network to antichrist, saying that the pandemic was created in order to popularize the 5G network which is gradually gaining attention across the world.
The cleric said that what is making a lot of people sick at the moment is the 5G.
As a result of these messages, telecommunication masts in the UK and some countries were vandalised.
The newspaper reports that James worked for Vodafone in the sales unit for less than a year in 2014 when the company didn’t have 5G as top priority.
When he was contacted, the pastor said he was absolutely shocked that the private message he sent to a dedicated small community went viral.
“Had I known my voice note would have gone to a wider audience I certainly would have contextualised my thoughts, been more specific on what I was sharing citing references, and far less explicit.
“I was simply trying to summarise what the ‘perceived truth’ was behind this bizarre pandemic in the interest of serving my community,” James said.
Although the recordings were deleted on YouTube, they are still being circulated on other instant messaging platforms.
Founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated better known as Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome has changed opinion on his recent claim that the introduction of 5G networks caused the coronavirus pandemic.
The clergyman had stirred controversies when he claimed that 5G — the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks — was initiated to facilitate a “new world order”.
According to him, the coronavirus pandemic was created to instill fear among people in actualising the agenda, adding that the 5G technology was an antichrist initiative.
His claim had attracted several backlashes with Matthew Ashimolowo, senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London, expressing his disappointment at pastors who were dishing out false information with respect to the pandemic.
But in another teaching amid the criticisms, Oyakhilome stated that he was only opposed to the initiative because of its perceived health risks and the seeming silence of authorised regulators to speak on its advantages and disadvantages.
“I have to look at my calling as a priority and I’m into the healing ministry. You may be a pastor or a minister and not be into the healing ministry, this may not concern you,” he said.
“I’m a science and technology enthusiast. I love technology. Just studying the capabilities of the 5G makes me like ‘Wow! I’d like to go on it like tomorrow morning. I’d like to start it right away.’
“But at the same time, I’m into healing, I know what it means for people to be sick. I meet with sick people all the time. And so, no matter how interested I am in the 5G, I’m going to put health first.
“Are there health risks, what are the health implications? Those are my concerns and I became even more concerned when I found out that regulators didn’t seem to care much in looking into the details and the cause of the independent scientist and experts, medical experts.
“I would love to go on a 5G for hours if they roll it out but it’s important that all its health risks be understood and where there are challenges, it should be fixed. If there are health risks, they should be fixed. We want to go on extraordinary technology but we must also consider all the health implications. That’s my point.”
The Presiding Pastor, Living Spring International, Femi Emmanuel, has warned Nigerians against trending reports linking 5G and coronavirus to the coming of Anti-Christ, NobleReporters reports.
Emmanuel spoke during the Fresh 105.9FM COVID-19 Situation Room interview session on Good Friday.
According to him, 5G is a creation of Information Technology and an advancement that will help the people to do things with flexibility and at a higher speed than being presently done.
Although he noted that the raging virus was one of the pestilences that could signal the end of time, the clergyman said, “5G is basically technology. We already had 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G.
“5G is an advancement of technology that would help us to do things at a greater speed than we are doing now. It has nothing to do with COVID-19 at all.
“The Holy Bible already foretold that at the end of time, there would be pestilence. Coronavirus is related to that. Coronavirus has always been, only that this brand is totally new.
“Those who are relating 666 to what is happening now have forgotten that the whole concept of 666 and the Anti-Christ would be post-rapture.
“We should ask them, has rapture taken place? People are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
The cleric, who described COVID-19 as a leveler, said, “I believe this is a dress rehearsal for the coming of Jesus Christ. The scriptures say the trumpet shall sound and Jesus would appear in the sky and they say how can. Now, just one virus has come into the world and there is trepidation in the whole world.”
As the world raced towards scientific solutions, he said, “There are things that God has given us a brain to solve. God gave us the brain so that we can give Him rest. God heals in two ways; supernaturally and through medical assistance, so one of our prayers should include God, help us to discover the vaccine that can cure the virus.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has rubbished the rumours going round that 5G is spreading Coronavirus in countries around the world.
The claim gained prominence after being propagated by some influential persons across different sectors.
In a statement released on Friday April 10, WHO stated that virus is being transmitted through respiratory droplets of an infected person who coughs, sneezes or speaks and cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks.
The International health organization also disclosed that Coronavirus is spreading in many countries that does not have 5G mobile networks.
The statement partly reads;
“People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose.
“Most COVID-19 infected persons can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies.
“If you are infected by the disease, make sure you treat your symptoms.
“If you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early, but call your health facility by telephone first.
“Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
You can be infected with COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.”
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has weighed on the controversy surrounding the 5G network amid the Coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled activities in many countries around the world.
The Founder of Believers Love World a.k.a Christ Embassy who was preaching to his congregation on a live TV program, stated that the pandemic was created in order to popularize the 5G network which is gradually gaining attention across the world.
Pastor Chris affirmed that with the attention given to the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies due to the pandemic, everyone will embrace it as a solution to their problems out of fear.
He added that these are part of the Antichrist’s plan for a new world order which includes; one world government, one world religion and one world economy. Pastor Chris backed his claim with Revelation Chapter 13.
Bisi Alimi React As Pastor Chris Linked 5G Network With COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigerian gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi has reacted to the controversy surrounding the 5G network and the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bisi Alimi reacts after Pastor Chris Oyakhilome linked Coronavirus and 5G network to Antichrist
While some prominent Nigerians have opined that the 5G mobile network is the cause of the coronavirus outbreak, Bisi is of a different opinion as he says there is no known link between the coronavirus and 5G technology,
He took to Instagram to blast ‘irresponsible pastors and conspiracy theorists’ for peddling the new controversial claims, saying: ‘they know you are so stupid enough to believe, and that your stupidity will make them prey on your income. ‘
”Have you research 5G and the energy it produces and why the rest of the world isn’t really ready to take the plunge or think it’s a good idea for the masses just yet. I agree that anyone who’s spreading news to get money from innocent people is wrong but please do the research on 5G fact check before also spreading news as well. Scientists and Government officials alike are still doing research to see if 5 G is save they are getting mix signal about the whole thing. He added in another post.
Bisi’s reaction comes after Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Believers Love World a.k.a Christ Embassy claimed that Coronavirus and 5G network ‘is part of the Antichrist’s plan for a new world order.’
Series of conspiracy theory has been making the rounds drawing the relationship between electromagnetic waves emitted from 5g networks and the novel coronavirus.
The unconfirmed theory has it that the frequency from the wave emitted causes destructions on the human cells.
However, reacting to the rumour and outcry from some Nigerians that the authorisation for such should not be granted in Nigeria, the presidential aide on social media, Lauretta Onochie has come out to categorically stated that such licence has not been granted to anybody.
She made this known via a statement on her official Twitter handle on Saturday, 4th April.
NO LICENCE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 5G IN NIGERIA
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