The president says the US mobile industry
needs to step up or risk getting left behind.
MARRIAN ZHOU - CNET.COM
FEBRUARY 21, 2019 6:55 AM PST
|President Donald Trump says American companies "must step up
their efforts" to establish 5G networks in the US, or "get left behind."
In a pair of tweets Thursday morning, the president said he wants to see 5G
technology "and even 6G technology" in the US as soon as possible, adding
that "there is no reason that we should be lagging behind on ... something that
is so obviously the future."
Donald J. Trump
I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It
is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American
companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that
we should be lagging behind on.........
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The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mobile carriers across the world are racing to deploy 5G. The next-generation
cellular technology promises lightning-fast internet speeds, broader coverage
and better responsiveness of wireless networks. It's expected to be 10 to 100
times faster than current wireless connections, which will allow for better video
streaming experiences and more devices to work on a given network at the
The rollout of 5G is just now getting under way.
In October, Verizon launched its 5G service in a small deployment, but it's not
really a mobile service -- more like Wi-Fi -- and the company plans to launch its
mobile service this year. In December, AT&T turned on its mobile 5G network in
a dozen cities and this year plans to boost its coverage to 19 cities. T-Mobile
also said it'll launch its 5G networks in 30 cities, and Sprint will launch in nine
cities in 2019.
You'll need a 5G-enabled phones to take advantage of these new networks, and
they're on the way. Sprint said it'll release the first US 5G smartphone, built by
LG, this year. On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G phone,
which is due in the second quarter of the year. Many other phones would use
Qualcomm's X50 modem to tap into 5G networks.
So far, none of the carriers are working on 6G technology. It's taken nearly a
decade to get to 5G since its predecessor, 4G, arrived on the scene.
Trump's tweet wasn't the only mention of 6G on Thursday.
In an appearance on the CBS This Morning show, the founder of Chinese
telecommunications giant Huawei made a passing reference as he talked about
the US' get-tough approach to the company. The Trump administration has
been outspoken about the potential for China to outpace the US in the
development and deployment of 5G networks, and US intelligence agencies
have said that Huawei poses an espionage threat.
"Now we are rolling out 5G, and soon we'll welcome 6G," Ren Zhengfei said on
the show. (Note: CNET and CBS This Morning are both part of CBS.) "And in
the future, I said there will be new equipment that is suitable for the United
First published at 6:18 a.m. PT.
Updated at 6:55 a.m. PT: Adds more background information on 5G technology.
|TRUMP PUSHES FOR 5G ...
AND EVEN 6G ...