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US unveils plans to speed up 5G wireless deployment

US unveils plans to speed up 5G wireless deployment”

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he does not want government to lead the effort to deploy next-generation 5G wireless networks.

"We can not allow any other country to outcompete the United States in this powerful industry of the future", Trump said in the White House Roosevelt Room, flanked by a group of telecommunications tower climbers and farmers.

Before the event, the FCC met about opening up spectrum for 5G.

"We don't want to do that. It won't be almost as good, almost as fast".

Rolling out 5G has been a source of tension between the USA and China. A competitive, lightly regulated market is the hallmark of the US system.

Chairman Pai told Yahoo Finance 5G has the potential to create an internet economy that would "dwarf what we saw with 4G", though it's hard to estimate 5G's economic impact at this point.

5G data speeds are up to ten times faster than 4G LTE speeds and will eventually help birth new companies and services. "We don't want to do that because it won't be almost as good, almost as fast", he said.

The FCC also says it will repurpose funds from existing programs to provide US$20.4 billion ($30.1b) connecting up to 4 million rural homes and small businesses to high-speed internet.

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018.

The administration plans to create a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to expand networks over the next decade in regions lacking high-speed service.

"Intervention at this level will encourage private investment and accelerate coverage in these hard-to-reach areas - the economic and social benefits of rural coverage make it worth intervening to help make the market work", Brown said.

Trump emphasized that the success of 5G networks would be up to private companies, not the government.

The U.S.is jockeying for a position with China over 5G.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, criticized the agency's approach to 5G Friday. The agency said that the auction is "critical to ensuring USA leadership in 5G".

Pertaining to the use of Huawei equipment in the US, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai addressed security concerns, but tiptoed around actually mentioning Huawei, the Chinese telcom company. "The government doesn't have to spend lots of money", Trump said at a White House event on 5G deployment.

FILE - Attendees take pictures of the new Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019.



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