Trump calls 5G race one US must win

Darnell Taylor
April 14, 2019

The $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will connect as many as 4 million homes over the next decade, Pai said. The rollout started last week in the USA and South Korea but will take years.

Pai said it will be the largest spectrum auction in US history, "which will be critical to providing the airwaves necessary for carriers to deploy 5G wireless networks", said Pai. By next year, Mr. Trump claimed, the US should boast more 5G spectrum than any other country. AT&T already offers mobile 5G by invitation in 19 markets through the use of the Netgear Nighthawk 5G mobile hot spot.

"5G networks must be secured".

5G promises ultra-reliable speeds up to 1,000 times faster than 4G, as well as better capacity and lower latency, which will help improve business outcomes for customers, solution providers told CRN in October. With 5G, a movie that takes minutes to download on your phone will load in seconds.

FILE - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter in Washington, Dec. 14, 2017.

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To accelerate and incentivize these investments, my administration is freeing up as much wireless spectrum as needed [.] removing regularity barriers to the buildout of networks.

Trump shakes hands with FCC chairman Ajit Pai during an event on the deployment of 5G technology in the United States, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday.

The $20.7 million Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, to come from existing FCC subsidy coffers, is meant to connect up to 4 million American homes over the next decade.

Verizon, one of America's largest telecommunications companies, announced on April 3 the official operation of its commercial 5G network in two United States cities, making it the world's first commercial 5G mobile service for customers with 5G-equipped smartphones. He also took the opportunity to discuss Huawei. It also said that current rules "impair the ability of users to deploy small, next-generation networking devices on their own property", particularly in rural areas, and proposed changes that would allow people to install "hub and relay antennas" on their property to help spur 5G networks. The auction is set for December 10, and will be the agency's third for 5G, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who joined Trump for the announcement. It has effectively banned Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from most USA networks due to concerns that it might enable Chinese government spying, which Huawei denies.

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