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The Lede, Shengli: China is winning 5G

The Lede, Tuesday, April 17, 2018
By David Royse

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That’s how you say “Winning” in Mandarin

China appears to be winning the race for 5G, according to a new report from …. the American wireless industry. We’re also behind South Korea.

OK, keep in mind that the American wireless industry has a vested interest in convincing Americans that it is losing out to Asian competitors – because the organization’s stated mission is to convince the government to make legislative and regulatory policies that help the American industry out. So…. “we are losing to those government-backed guys in China,” might help their cause.

And clearly their report is aimed at spurring some action from Washington, because CTIA President Meredith Atwell Baker basically says so.

“Today’s research highlights the importance of policymaker action in 2018 to reform local zoning rules and unlock access to mid-band spectrum as part of a broader spectrum pipeline plan,” Baker says in a statement put out with the report. “I’m optimistic we will leapfrog China because key leaders in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and at the FCC are focused on the reforms needed to win the race.”

But in fairness, the group does make some effort to back up the claim, including noting that other countries are moving more quickly to make spectrum available for 5G and that, in China, “all major wireless providers have conducted extensive 5G trials and committed to 5G commercial launches while the government has opened up significant amounts of both mid- and high-band spectrum.”

Other highlights:

“The U.S. can further improve its position by bringing mid-band spectrum to market and by establishing a clear spectrum pipeline as seen in China and South Korea.”

About fourth place Japan (behind China, South Korea, USA): “Wireless providers are investing in 5G testing, and Japan’s regulatory authorities have committed to releasing mid- and high-band spectrum by early 2019 — aided by a national 5G roadmap policy adopted in 2016.”

“America’s wireless industry leads the world in its pursuit of 5G leadership but winning the race to 5G will also require timely government action. Specifically, the federal government needs to move forward on releasing hundreds of MHz of new spectrum, and every level of government needs to act to modernize infrastructure rules. America’s wireless providers and equipment vendors have conducted dozens of 5G trials across the country. Thanks to those trials and industry investment in the technology and people that will enable 5G, the U.S. will see these nextgeneration networks soon — as early as this year.”

READ the full report

Some background reading:

The Christian Science Monitor recently had a decent read on the background in the race for 5G between the USA and China. It notes that China will be the biggest market for the technology,and gives a clear outline of how if China wins it could dictate how the technology develops in the future in the United States. (the biggest customer gets to choose the design of the product).

And more background from The Aspen Institute

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About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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