Study finds China lead­ing S. Korea, US in race to de­velop 5G net­work

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CHINA is slightly ahead of South Korea and the United States in the race to de­velop fifth gen­er­a­tion wire­less net­works, or 5G, a US study showed Mon­day. The study re­leased by the CTIA, a US-based in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion of wire­less car­ri­ers, sug­gested that the United States is lag­ging in the ef­fort to de­ploy the su­per­fast wire­less sys­tems that will be needed for self-driv­ing cars, telemedicine and other tech­nolo­gies.

WASH­ING­TON — China is slightly ahead of South Korea and the United States in the race to de­velop fifth gen­er­a­tion wire­less net­works, or 5G, a US study showed Mon­day.

The study re­leased by the CTIA, a US- based in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion of wire­less car­ri­ers, sug­gested that the United States is lag­ging in the ef­fort to de­ploy the su­per­fast wire­less sys­tems that will be needed for self-driv­ing cars, telemedicine and 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, South Korea and Japan. In the sec­ond tier are key Euro­pean mar­kets in­clud­ing France, Ger­many and Britain, 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 United States will not get a sec­ond chance to win the global 5G race,” said Mered­ith At­twell Baker, CTIA pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Ms. Baker said the US still needs to en­act mea­sures to re­form lo­cal zon­ing rules and un­lock ac­cess to spec­trum as part of a broader plan for 5G.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, Eu­rope led that way in 2G, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion, while Japan was ahead in 3G and the United States in 4G.

The first com­mer­cial 5G roll­outs be­gin this year and next in the United States, Korea and Japan. —

A JAN. 9 photo shows a sig­nage for 5G tech­nol­ogy dis­played at the In­tel booth dur­ing CES 2018 at the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada.

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