Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that the US government will free up wireless spectrum and build better infrastructure to take leadership in 5G, the next-generation wireless network. His remarks came after the country’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday a plan to start largest spectrum auction and spend over USD 20 billion for rural high-speed internet, Xinhua news agency reported.
FCC chief Ajit Pai said that American wireless carriers would be bidding for as much as 3.4 gigahertz of “millimeter-wave” spectrum starting on December 10 this year. Verizon, one of America’s largest telecommunications companies, announced on April 3 the official operation of its commercial 5G network in two US cities, making it the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service for customers with 5G-equipped smartphones.
While the US leads in some key 5G-readiness metrics, China and other countries are ahead in making critical mid-band spectrum available for 5G, according to a report made in April by CTIA. The millimeter-wave spectrum or high-band spectrum refers to frequencies above 24 GHz. Its capacity is higher but coverage is lower than the mid-band spectrum. Donald Trump on Friday said the 5G industry in the US would be “private sector-driven and private sector-led”. (IANS)
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