FCC Says US ‘Well-Positioned’ to Win Global 5G Race

Mae Love
April 14, 2019

"The work this administration's FCC has done to ensure America remains the world leader in internet and telecommunications technology will produce incalculable benefits for our economy for decades to come", Ken Cuccinelli, FreedomWorks Foundation Director of the Regulatory Action Center, said in a press statement.

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

According to the FCC, 5G networks promise faster speeds, lower lag times, and more capacity. She said the USA has not auctioned off "midband" spectrum that is better suited to serve rural areas because of how far it can carry signals, and that the Trump administration's actions on 5G have "set us back".

We believe that the security and reliability of 5G is absolutely important, not just as a matter of national competitiveness, but also as a matter of national security, [.] I have been very encouraged by my conversations with European allies [.] about the importance of security and 5G networks.

Pai said the FCC still needs to go through the notice and comment process on the proposal, but he wants the funding to be given to companies through a reverse auction.

"Creating a national fund to support these innovators is a great idea", said Prakash Sangam, the founder of Tantra Analyst, which is involved in marketing and business development of wireless technology.

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The U.S.is jockeying for position with China over 5G. Huawei is the world's largest maker of such equipment.

"It's very important to distinguish how Western democracies operate relative to their private sector companies and vendors, and how the Chinese government operates with its companies", said Ambassador Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary for cyber and global communications and information policy.

"Leading through the government - we don't want to do that, because it won't be almost as good, almost as fast", Trump said.

Amid concerns of Huawei's links to the Chinese government, the FCC is mulling rules to block Huawei from networks in the United States. South Korea became the first country to deploy 5G network nationwide.

This is part of FCC's three-part 5G Fast Plan, namely, spectrum freeing-up, small antennas installment and deployment of optical fiber, according to Pai.

Before the event, the FCC met about opening up spectrum for 5G. The clock phase would determine winners of generic spectrum blocks and also determine the amount of incentive payments due to the incumbent licensees in the 39 GHz band that relinquish their spectrum usage rights. Pai said that proposal is still pending.

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