The Middle East is seeking to digitalise its economy, with 5G and high-speed data transfer at the heart of its aims. Photo: AP The Middle East is seeking to digitalise its economy, with 5G and high-speed data transfer at the heart of its aims. Photo: AP
The Middle East is seeking to digitalise its economy, with 5G and high-speed data transfer at the heart of its aims. Photo: AP
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Alessandro Arduino

US-China tech rivalry is playing out in the Middle East and 5G is at the core of region’s balancing act

  • Alarm over the China-Iran strategic deal is distracting from ‘digitisation with Chinese characteristics’ taking place in the Middle East
  • Beijing is increasing its strategic presence in the region not only to preserve its energy security, but also to assert its rise in the digital realm

The Middle East is seeking to digitalise its economy, with 5G and high-speed data transfer at the heart of its aims. Photo: AP The Middle East is seeking to digitalise its economy, with 5G and high-speed data transfer at the heart of its aims. Photo: AP
The Middle East is seeking to digitalise its economy, with 5G and high-speed data transfer at the heart of its aims. Photo: AP
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Alessandro Arduino

Alessandro Arduino

Dr Alessandro Arduino is principal research fellow at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, specialising in the roles played by private military contractors and technology in modern warfare.