Trump urges USA telecommunications companies to step up 5G systems

A sign advertises 5G devices at the Intel booth during CES International Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 in Las Vegas

A sign advertises 5G devices at the Intel booth during CES International Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 in Las Vegas

US President Donald Trump has said he wants the US to become a technology leader through competition rather than by blocking others.

President Trump said American companies must step up their efforts to develop 5G technology or else they will get left behind.

"There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on something that is so obviously the future", he wrote.

In a series of tweets, the Trump said he wants American networks to "win through competition" instead of "blocking out" more advanced technologies.

It is not clear what caused Trump to tweet about mobile network technology, although it does follow remarks by Huawei's founder and president Ren Zhengfei, who appeared on U.S. television on Thursday morning.

While 5G will nearly certainly begin rolling out at some point soon, the concept of 6G hasn't even been remotely mentioned or even thought of by those in the field.

He added, "I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out now more advanced technologies".

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Trump's tweet also comes on the heels of Samsung releasing the Galaxy S10 5G, which promises to come with 5G capability. The timing of Trump's tweet is noteworthy because two major wireless carriers have been imploring the federal government to approve their merger, claiming the combined company will accelerate 5G deployment in the U.S.

This post is interesting since the President is expected to soon sign an order that bans US carriers from using network equipment manufactured by Chinese companies.

He concluded by saying, "We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!".

We're not avid followers of Trump's Twitter output but he generally seems to use the platform to do one of the following: trumpet his political achievements, defend himself from perceived attacks, insult people he doesn't like, criticise the media, or just try to wind up as many people as possible. This has led many to speculate he might be ready to take a softer stance on Chinese 5G developer Huawei.

Progression is what is needed.

Another user demanded changes in the 1996 Telecom Act and said that a better nationwide fibre network deployment and backhaul infrastructure changes were the need of the hour.

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