Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

We Want America To Be the Leader in 5G, Says FCC Chairman

We Want America To Be the Leader in 5G, Says FCC Chairman

The 5G digital revolution, Pai said, will boost things like telemedicine and agriculture.

US President Donald Trump said at the event that 5G is a priority for his administration.

President Donald Trump said the USA will cut regulations and free up spectrum for 5G technology amid tight competition with China and other nations to develop the next generation of telecommunications infrastructure.

Friday's announcement confirms that the U.S. will rely on private networks despite some speculation it would seek to nationalise 5G on national security grounds.

"I also suggest that the USA government intervene and facilitate the resolution of conflicts between American technology companies so that they collaborate and effectively compete against the companies sponsored by foreign governments".

Trump did not mention the Chinese companies in his remarks Friday, but he said America's 5G networks will "have to be guarded from the enemy".

The 5G spectrum auction will give service providers access to the frequencies they need to expand their networks to reach more locations, according to Pai.

President Trump also dismissed a former potential strategy, developed by a former National Security Council senior official, Rob Spalding, to get the government more involved in securing 5G throughout development. Through a reverse auction, service providers will receive portions of the $20.4 billion to lay fiber in rural, underserved areas. Huawei, the world's largest maker of such equipment, has said this security concern is unfounded. The president boasted that by the end of the year, 92 markets in the USA will support 5G compared to 48 in South Korea. He also took the opportunity to discuss Huawei.

Riley, at the Heritage Foundation, told VOA that the United States "can still limit the proliferation of imports that have a security concern, but it will be hard for US companies to compete in price in external markets". "The FCC is taking very bold action, bolder than they've ever taken before, to make wireless spectrum available". Its capacity is higher but coverage is lower than the mid-band spectrum.

In October, the president signed off on a memo directing the creation of a national spectrum strategy for keeping the United States at the forefront of 5G wireless network technology, a move the administration says is vital for the good of the economy and national security. Pai said consideration is "ongoing" without offering a deadline for a decision.

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