Divided Cyprus clears band for 5G across division, KNEWS

A low-frequency band that can provide a better 5G experience for home users will be released on both sides of divided Cyprus, but the key deal reached by the two communities could be overshadowed by the ongoing 5G wars overseas.

A UN statement released on Friday said Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders in Cyprus had confirmed a deal that “will pave the way for the introduction of 5G across the island.”

The two sides have agreed that broadcast systems will be removed from the 700 MHz frequency band as part of the transition to digital television, according to UN officials, who added that the removal of broadcast systems from this frequency in Cyprus will take place with the support of the European Union. Union, “allowing the allocation of the 700 MHz frequency band to 5G mobile services”.

While the low band may have limitations on expanding demands to push more data, the frequency is less susceptible to interference from things like walls and weather conditions, making the signal ideal for many users to residence.

But the implementation of a bicommunal agreement is easier said than done because of the division of Cyprus but also because of the 5G wars between China and Western countries.

UN officials said it took two years for members of a bicommunal technical committee on broadcasting and telecommunications to tackle the problem before the two sides could reach an agreement.

Greek Cypriot companies have reportedly joined a Clean Network, prompting some in the south to reverse their deals with Huawei, but northern Turkish companies have yet to be convinced

But Cyprus has also felt the pressure on 5G technology as a trade war between the superpowers continues to dominate the industry.

Last year, Greek Cypriot companies on the island were rumored to have joined Washington’s “Clean Network”, prompting some southern companies to reverse their deals with Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant believed to be a threat by US authorities.

The United States has pressured its allies to exclude Huawei equipment from its 5G networks, warning Nicosia and others that the Chinese company could spy on Beijing customers.

Former US Under Secretary Keith Krach, who visited Nicosia last October, said it was “essential that the United States and the Republic of Cyprus work together as trusted partners to protect our citizens against companies and countries that we deem untrustworthy ”.

But businesses in northern Turkey’s Cypriot, which is only recognized by Ankara, have yet to be persuaded by US authorities to abandon Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker.

Turkish telecommunications company Turkcell and Huawei signed more deals last year, with a Huawei Turkey official saying the Chinese company was a “reliable business partner” and their partnership was set to continue.

Two months ago, in September, senators wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking for clarification on President Joe Biden’s efforts against Huawei and general intentions regarding the Clean Network initiative.

Senators urged Blinken to “fight Huawei as a whole and target every single business unit in the company.”

Although no agreement was reached between the north and the south on the operability of the 5G network in Cyprus, the bicommunal agreement was seen as a way for the two communities to achieve at least some degree of interoperability. between the two networks.

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