UK Could be a Leader in 5G Technology

According to Conservative MP and former minister David Willets, the UK could be a leader in the development of 5G networks.

A debate on the future of 5G concluded the upcoming network should accommodate existing systems as well as expanding to incorporate the Internet of Things, and increasing in devices and large amounts of data.

Willets believes the UK has potential to be a crucial player in 5G if it involves itself in R&D and creates networked groups to develop the technology.

According to Willets, the Chinese are already working with the UK to set standards for the future of the network. Last year, Chinese information and communications technology firm Huawei announced it will invest at least $600m in research and development for 5G technologies by 2018.

Willets believes 5G will make the internet of things possible as well as provide a continuous connection between devices rather than person-to-person connections. He also believes investment like this does not come without its risks. He said that the growing amount of data passed across networks will increase everyone's anxiety about privacy.

He added: "It's far better if the industry can, early on, drive the standards for protocols that will properly protect privacy."

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