5G-Enhanced Surveillance: Will Intelligence Gathering Coincide with Security Concerns?

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By Dimitrios Pavlakis | 3Q 2020 | IN-5898


China Mobile's 5G Expansion


During the past two quarters, China has embarked on a fervent race to greatly increase its 5G subscribers, with China Mobile alone quoting approximately 55 million 5G subscriptions at the end of May 2020, followed by its current plans to secure more than 200,000 base stations across all key Chinese regions. 5G is expected to greatly improve both consumer and commercial deployments along with vital Internet of Things (IoT) markets including industrial, smart cities, and connected vehicles worldwide. There is, however, one key security market that has attracted significantly more attention in the Asia-Pacific region, and particularly China, compared to other regions: 5G-enhanced surveillance, a powerful application for 5G cellular networks with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Surveillance and 5G


Regional 5G infrastructure upgrades have already caused increased tensions between countries, and particularly between the United States and China, out of fear of network privacy concerns. Over the past five years ther…

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