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Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

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Jennifer Taw

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By improving the speed and reliability of the transfer of data, 5G technology has the potential to produce a fourth technological revolution over the next few decades. Its infrastructure will enable advanced technology that will generate massive economic growth and bolster military power. 5G technology will also create new vulnerabilities that introduce new security concerns. The nation with the most control over its 5G networks and the networks of other countries will gain the ability to protect itself from the cyberattacks or espionage of countries with malicious intent. A fierce competition has erupted between the United States and China, each vying for the economic and security advantages that 5G supremacy offers. This paper explores the race to 5G and China and the United States’ differing strategies to gain a comparative advantage over the development and deployment of 5G technology.