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Trump randomly calls for companies to ‘step up’ their 5G efforts in U.S.

He also said he wanted 'even 6G' technology.


Andrew Wyrich

Layer 8

Posted on Feb 21, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:38 pm CDT

President Donald Trump called for a ramping up of 5G “and even 6G” mobile cellular network technology in the United States on Thursday morning, arguing that he wanted the country “to win through competition.”

5G technology is expected to deliver internet speeds that are extremely faster than the current 4G networks.

“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………,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “….something that is so obviously the future. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!”

It’s unclear what the president meant by “blocking out” technologies.

However, as the Washington Post pointed out on Wednesday, a recent report from Cisco showed that the United States is expected to outpace other countries, like China, in its deployment of 5G networks.

The report showed that by 2022, around nine percent of mobile data connections in North America will use 5G compared to four percent in Asia, according to the Post.

Trump’s tweet also comes on the heels of Samsung releasing the Galaxy S10 5G, which promises to come with 5G capability.


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*First Published: Feb 21, 2019, 10:28 am CST