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