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ITU defines 5G network speed; to be launched during 2018 winter Olympics

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The International Telecom Union (ITU) has set out a preliminary set of definitions for the fifth generation of mobile networks. In a recent conference held in San Diego from June 10th to 18th, a 12-member delegation decided upon the specifications of this network which is expected to have a speed that would be 20 times faster than the current 4G network.

The group decided that the data speed for the 5G network would be around 20Gbps (Gigabits per second) which is almost 20 times faster than the 4G network which provides a speed of only 1Gbps. With a speed of 20 Gbps, users will be able to download HD movies within seconds and surf the internet faster than ever. A very high resolution of video content and holographic technology via networks can be easily accessed by the users. While Indians are yet to grace the 4G network more widely, the world is already gearing up for the fifth generation. The 5G network is most likely to be named as IMT 2020. However, a huge challenge for this network would be the issue of standardization and bringing together the major telecom operators around the world to settle for a similar set of regulations. The IMT 2020 systems will be designed to deal with a potentially wide range of fields like healthcare, robotics, virtual reality and industrial automation. It is going to significantly transform wire353682less communications as a part of its predicted functioning which is likely to match the speeds and reliability achieved by fiber-optic infrastructure. With instant connectivity and high speed surfing options, 5G network is about to bring in a huge revolution in the telecom sector.

The final confirmation for these specifications will be done in the month of October 2015, after an approval from the 193 member nations of ITU. This 5G network is expected to be rolled out in 2020 commercially, with a prior demonstration of the technology at the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Sources revealed that by 2019, the international spectrum for the 5G network will be distributed across the globe.

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Major Global Tech Firms Sign Cyber Security Tech Accord

34 global tech firms sign key accord against cyber attacks

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Top 34 global technology and securities firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have signed a “Cyber security Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cyber criminals and nation-states.

The watershed agreement will prevent them help governments launch cyber attacks against innocent citizens and enterprises. It will also protect against tampering or exploitation of their products and services through every stage of technology development, design and distribution.

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“The devastating attacks from the past year demonstrate that cyber security is not just about what any single company can do but also about what we can all do together,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement on Tuesday.

The “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” is a public commitment among 34 global companies to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.

“This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path towards more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world,” added Smith who has been arguing for a “digital Geneva Convention” for years.

Also Read: McAfee unveils refreshed cyber security solutions portfolio

The companies made commitments in four areas — stronger defence, no offence, capacity building and collective action.

“The companies will do more to empower developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, helping them improve their capacity for protecting themselves,” said cybertechaccord.org.

This may include joint work on new security practices and new features the companies can deploy in their individual products and services.

The Tech Accord remains open to consideration of new private sector signatories, large or small and regardless of sector, who are trusted, have high cyber security standards and will adhere unreservedly to the Accord’s principles.

“The real world consequences of cyber threats have been repeatedly proven. As an industry, we must band together to fight cyber criminals and stop future attacks from causing even more damage,” said Kevin Simzer, Chief Operating Officer, Trend Micro.

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The victims of cyber attacks are businesses and organisations of all sizes, with economic losses expected to reach $8 trillion by 2022.

The cyber attacks in the past have caused small businesses to shutter their doors, hospitals to delay surgeries and governments to halt services, among other disruptions and safety risks.

“The Tech Accord will help to protect the integrity of the one trillion connected devices we expect to see deployed within the next 20 years,” said Carolyn Herzog, General Counsel, Arm.

Also Read: Parental Control Apps May Not Help in Shielding Teenagers From Cyber Threats

On Monday, Cyber security representatives from the US and Britain warned of Russian state-sponsored cyber-attacks that are targeting network infrastructure devices such as routers and firewalls, to compromise government and private sectors globally.

According to a US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), the Technical Alert provided information on the worldwide cyber exploitation by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors.  IANS

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