China leads S Korea, US in race for 5G


CHINA is slightly ahead of South Korea and the US in the race to de­velop fifth gen­er­a­tion wire­less net­works, or 5G, a US study showed on Mon­day.

The study re­leased by CTIA, a US-based in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion of wire­less car­ri­ers, sug­gested the US is lag­ging in the ef­fort to de­ploy the su­per-fast wire­less sys­tems that will be needed for self-driv­ing cars, telemedicine & other tech­nolo­gies.

The re­port pre­pared by the re­search firm Analysys Ma­son found that all ma­jor Chi­nese providers have com­mit­ted to spe­cific launch dates and the gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to al­lo­cate spec­trum for the car­ri­ers.

The 10-na­tion study said the US is in the “first tier” of coun­tries in pre­par­ing de­ploy­ment of 5G, along with China, S Korea and Japan. In the sec­ond tier are key Euro­pean mar­kets in­clud­ing France, Ger­many and the UK, with Sin­ga­pore, Rus­sia and Canada in the third tier. In­dus­try of­fi­cials say 5G de­ploy­ment will reap im­por­tant eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the lead­ers, and that lag­ging could have neg­a­tive ef­fects.

“The US will not get a sec­ond chance to win the global 5G race,” said Mered­ith At­twell Baker, CTIA pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive. “I’m con­fi­dent that Amer­ica can win and reap the sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits of 5G wire­less due to our world-lead­ing com­mer­cial in­vest­ments,” Baker said.

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