Verizon and Samsung’s $6.6 billion 5G deal is the latest step in the US anti-China campaign

Verizon and Samsung’s $6.6 billion 5G deal is the latest step in the US anti-China campaign

Via c|net and other sources:

Samsung has won a $6.6 billion contract to provide network equipment to wireless provider Verizon, providing a big boost to Samsung 5G market ambitions. The Korean electronics giant will install and maintain equipment for Verizon, the company said in regulatory filing Monday.

On its own, this is a pretty standard move: One company buys gear or services from another. It has to be taken in the context of the tech aspects of the ongoing US war campaign against China.

China leads the world on 5G deployment, and has made upgrading its telecommunications infrastructure a priority. The country has deployed 480,000 5G base stations and has over 100 million devices connected to them.

5G technology doesn’t just mean faster speeds for your Netflix binge-watching. It will also further enable the “Internet of Things” – billions of interconnected devices communicating with each other. Farmers are already using 5G devices to monitor crop health across their fields, for example. Oil companies use them on their rigs.

In a recent test, the Washington Post’s Geoffrey A. Fowler found that the small amount of 5G rollout in the United States is not living up to the technology’s promise.

If you’ve ever been at a concert or a protest where your phone just wouldn’t connect, it’s probably because the 3G or 4G network was overloaded by too many devices in the area. 5G will fix that.

With Chinese companies in the lead when it comes to 5G equipment, why is Verizon going with Samsung? As a South Korean company, it’s viewed as a safe option. South Korea and Japan are, among other Asian countries, allies of the US in its drive to counter and slow China’s economic and political growth.

Hypocritical US government afraid of China’s rise

In April 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the “Clean Network” initiative, clearly targeting China. The Clean Network has 6 components:

  1. Clean Carrier: Completely disconnecting US telecommunications from China.
  2. Clean Store: Removing Chinese apps from US mobile app stores (like Android Play and Apple’s App Store). We’re already seeing this with TikTok.
  3. Clean Apps: If banning apps wasn’t enough, Clean Apps asks US and partner country companies to remove their own apps from Huawei’s apps store.
  4. Clean Cloud: Prevent US & partner country companies from using Chinese cloud services to store data.
  5. Clean Cable: You might not know, but there’s a whole network of sub-marine (underseas) cables that connect the world. Check out a map here! Clean Cable isn’t well-defined, but uses fearmongering to suggest that China (and China alone) is tapping into these cables.
  6. Clean Path: Here, the path is the route that data takes over communications and all the devices it touches. This is where the banning of Huawei and ZTE come in.

Each of these steps shows the absolute hypocrisy of the US government and lays bare the hollowness of the anti-China campaign.

On many of the “clean” points, the US violates the same principles they claim to uphold against China, or does the same to other countries.

  1. Clean Carrier: It’s practically common knowledge at this point that the US government works closely with AT&T and other providers to spy on our telecommunications.
  2. Clean Store: Due to US sanctions, Iranian developers can’t have their apps in a US app store.
  3. Clean Apps: US government contractor Anomaly Six’s location tracking SDK was included in over 500 apps.
  4. Clean Cloud: Again, the US intelligence community regularly partners with Dropbox, Apple, Google and others to get access to the data we store on their services.
  5. Clean Cable: The US submarine “Jimmy Carter” has a crew whose specialty is tapping underseas cables.
  6. Clean Path: Leaks from the NSA show that their Tailored Access Operations (TAO) team intercepted shipments of networking equipment from Cisco, embedding spying software/hardware on them, and then shipping them out to “organizations targeted for surveillance” “around the world.”

The US government does not care about your online freedom, or any freedom for that matter. It cares about maintaining its supremacy by whatever methods it can.

Interested in more? I joined Dr. Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon on Sputnik Radio’s The Critical Hour last night to talk about this (segment starts at 102:49).

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