Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Donald Trump wants ‘6G’ network in America ASAP… it doesn’t exist

Donald Trump wants ‘6G’ network in America ASAP… it doesn’t exist

US President Donald Trump has said he wants the US to become a technology leader through competition rather than by blocking others.

US President Donald Trump has called for mobile networks to ramp up their efforts to deliver faster speeds, demanding that 5G and even 6G be introduced as soon as possible.

Donald Trump doesn't care, though, folks, he wants it and 6G as soon as possible. On the surface he seems to be berating domestic telcos for lagging behind in the 5G race, but another interpretation could be some kind of olive branch to Huawei, which offers some of the most advanced technologies.

"American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind", he said.

It is not clear what caused Trump to tweet about mobile network technology, although it does follow remarks by Huawei's founder and president Ren Zhengfei, who appeared on USA television on Thursday morning.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, in an interview with CBS News on Thursday, says the wrong to treat 5G as "an atomic bomb" and said his company will be rolling out "new equipment that is suitable for the United States".

The worldwide mobile industry is racing to deploy advanced 5G networks that promise faster connections, allowing uses such as autonomous vehicles and remote surgery.

Trump's tweets came after reports that surfaced previous year which claimed that the United States government considered developing its own nationally run 5G service, out of the fear that "China has achieved a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure". Trump was referring to the competition USA companies are waging against China and others over development of fifth generation mobile communications. Recently, President Trump was considering moves to keep Chinese tech company Huawei away from 5G in the US Some telecommunications companies worry that too strict a crackdown will bring price hikes or disruptions in supply.

Twitter users were more direct in their snark.

Progression is what is needed.

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