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China Conducts World’s First Remote Surgery on Human Using 5G Technology

"It felt like a real-time operation -- I didn't even feel like the patient was 3,000 kms away," Ling said after the surgery, according to a statement released by China Mobile

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The first remote surgery on a human using 5G technology was successfully conducted in China. Pixabay

The first remote surgery on a human using 5G technology was successfully conducted in China.

The surgery, a collaboration between tech companies Huawei and China Mobile, and the Chinese PLA General Hospital, was conducted on Saturday, the Global Times reported.

According to the paper, Surgeon Ling Zhipei conducted the surgery, although he was physically in South China’s Hainan Province.

“He implanted a neuro-stimulator, or ‘brain pacemaker’ into a patient with Parkinson’s disease at the Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing by operating medical equipment through transmitted images supported by 5G technologies. The procedure lasted three hours,” the paper reported.

The process was made possible with the low-latency 5G technology provided by Huawei and China Mobile, which enabled near instantaneous data transmission, it said.

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“It felt like a real-time operation — I didn’t even feel like the patient was 3,000 kms away,” Ling said after the surgery, according to a statement released by China Mobile. Pixabay

“It felt like a real-time operation — I didn’t even feel like the patient was 3,000 kms away,” Ling said after the surgery, according to a statement released by China Mobile.

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The patient’s symptoms, including limb tremor and muscular stiffness, were significantly relieved after the procedure. The patient is in stable condition, it added.

5G technology was used in a surgery conducted on a pig last year, when a doctor from 301 Hospital in Beijing removed part of a pig’s liver using two robot arms in Fuzhou, the capital of East China’s Fujian Province.

It was the world’s first remote surgery using 5G mobile network technology on an animal, the paper said.  (IANS)

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US Praises German 5G Network Standard as Huawei Struggles to Stand out

Rob Strayer said Wednesday the standards published last month were a "positive step"

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FILE - A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China, Sept. 28, 2018. VOA

The top US diplomat for cybersecurity policy has praised Germany’s draft security standards for next generation mobile networks, which he said could effectively shut out China’s Huawei.

Rob Strayer said Wednesday the standards published last month were a “positive step.”

They call for mobile providers to use “trustworthy” telecom equipment suppliers that comply with national security regulations covering secrecy of communications and data protection.

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FILE – A banner of the 5G network is displayed during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019. VOA

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The U.S. has been lobbying European allies to ban Huawei from new 5G networks over concerns China’s communist leaders could force the company to use its equipment for cyberespionage.

While no European countries have issued blanket bans, Strayer said a “risk-based” approach to evaluating telecom suppliers, including their relationship with their national government, would “lead inevitably” to banning Huawei. (VOA)