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Is the Trump Administration Considering Building a National 5G Network?

29 January 2018

Reports are mixed as to whether or not President Donald Trump’s national security team is considering an option of building a nationwide fast 5G network.

An early report indicated in a memo that the administration was debating on building the network in order to counter China’s advancement in the technology. However, the report indicated that it was about six months or longer before it even reached the President for consideration. Conflicting reports have stated that officials in the administration are not considering a 5G network and a memo that was unveiled that it was considering the option was outdated.

The 5G network would be aimed at what the U.S. deems to be a threat to cyber security and economic security from China. Establishing a 5G network would ensure that China would not take over the market but also that the network would prevent hackers from compromising national security.

According to Reuters, the development of the wireless network would raise some alarms from telecoms but another option would be to build the network using a consortium of wireless carriers. Axios published the documents that originally stated the administration was considering the option of a nationwide 5G network, which detailed the concern over China’s growing presence in manufacturing and advancement in wireless networks.

5G networks are expected to bring significantly faster cellular speeds, more capacity and short response times and could bring about new functions and possibilities in anything from automotive connectivity and mobility to how business or even health care can be done remotely.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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