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Securing Western Leadership in Global 5G Standards and Patents

By Christopher Moeller , Maggie Vencill , Arman Mozahebi , Christine Gilbert

5G technology will define the foundation for the future. MITRE explores actions the US can take across the standards development process to shift the balance of power and influence from China to secure Western leadership in 5G.

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If the West loses the capability to shape the standards to define 5G, China could win 6G and nG (any future G). Whichever country, or collection of like-minded countries, leads in the development and deployment of the latest technology will see more economic growth from that technology, which translates into not just technological and economic power, but also geopolitical power.