ISRAEL - The Coming Big 5G Change

Arno Froese

5G Internet networks, which were launched in Israel in September and should be widespread here within two to four years, will accelerate the digital transformations that are shaping the global economy, according to Alon Berman, general manager of Ericsson Israel.

There are now some 200 million 5G users in 50 countries, Berman said. The United States, China and South Korea are the most advanced, with adoption growing in Europe too. Some 300 mobile devices, most notably the iPhone 12, are currently capable of connecting to a 5G network, he said.

In hospitals, 5G will allow patient data to be shared throughout devices without the security concerns of Wi-Fi networks. Consumer devices will communicate with each other through an Internet of Things that could eventually see a million devices per square kilometer connected.

Israel actually has the cheapest mobile Internet service in the world, thanks to reforms implemented a decade ago to increase competition in the field. However, the high competition is now one of the factors holding back the county’s development.

While Cellcom was allowed to acquire Golan Telecom last summer, a merger offer between Hot and Partner was rejected for fear of harming competition in the field. 

“It would be wise for the Communications Ministry to allow another merger,” he said. “The more Internet infrastructure is developed in a country, the more it develops the economy as a whole.”

“COVID has made it even more clear that the Internet is a necessity for everyone, and that speed is really important,” Berman said. “5G will provide a giant leap for consumers and businesses in all industries, allowing huge improvements in data delivery that will change the way business is done.”

-www.jpost.com, 4 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

Communications is a major industry that is in the forefront as never before. We must remember that a little over five decades ago, communication from one continent to another was difficult, not to mention very expensive. During our tours to Israel in the 70s, it was most difficult to make a long-distance phone call without bribing the front desk in the hotel lobby. Today, Israel “has the cheapest mobile Internet service in the world.” Doubtless, communications is a major benefit contributing in the amazing development of Israel.

Top countries with 5G: Key Takeaways

1. China has one of the largest 5G networks
2. South Korea was the first country to have 5G networks
3. Vodafone UK and O2 are sharing infrastructure in the UK
4. Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are the 5G frontrunners in Germany
5. T-Mobile in the US is the first provider in the world to have a standalone 5G network with a 5G core

Our forefathers had difficulty understanding what is meant by Revelation 11:9-10: “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” Notice the repetition: “that dwell upon the earth.” Today, the internet makes it possible. 

But this technology will be utilized by the coming global world government under the dominance of the Antichrist and his false prophet. Finally, there will be someone who can speak to the entire world. And, based on prophetic Scripture, we know the success—almost mind-boggling, albeit temporary.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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