The U.S. and the European Union (EU) are delving into the use of artificial intelligence to enhance upcoming 6G communications technology in a bid to stay competitive with China. The focus has shifted towards treating telecommunications as a critical national security resource. The main players in this telecommunications “arms race” are China, the EU, and the U.S., recognizing the significance of controlling information and data flow. In May, the U.S. and EU released a joint statement expressing their commitment to collaborating on the development of AI and 6G communications.
6G technology promises a substantial boost in data transfer speed, capacity, and reduced latency. It’s viewed as a vital advancement, and the U.S. and Finland joined forces to position Western 6G as a “free world” response to China’s efforts. This technology is considered competitive, secure, and trustworthy. The battle for dominance in communication networks could have profound implications for controlling information and determining who uses network resources.
This strategic competition highlights the shifting landscape of telecommunications, where nations are vying for control over critical infrastructure and the flow of data. It reflects the broader geopolitical contest for technological supremacy.