The geopolitics of telecoms: The West vs. China in the 5G race

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China is beating the world when it comes to 5G deployment. But in the crucial battle for control over the technology’s global standards, Europe and the US are still very much in the game.

  • Mark Scott
  • Politico

LONDON — In smoke-filled conference halls and nondescript hotels from Brussels to Busan, South Korea, a yearslong battle has been underway for control over the future of the mobile world.

People walk by a 5G stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. the Mobile World Congress is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. / AFP PHOTO / Pau Barrena (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

People walk by a 5G stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
the Mobile World Congress is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. / AFP PHOTO / Pau Barrena (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

That fight is now coming to an end.

More than 600 government officials and telecoms executives agreed in June to a first round of global standards for so…

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