|FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says US tops all other countries in 5G technology race|
The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the U.S. is leading the world in the development and deployment of 5G technology.
"In my view, we're in the lead with respect to 5G," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said to the Wall Street Journal in a interview during which he expressed his pleasure with the way telecommunications companies are developing the infrastructure necessary for the new wave of mobile broadband across the country.
The administration has viewed the deployment of the technology as a step in safeguarding national security interests. In the middle of the race for 5G is a technological competition with China for global 5G supremacy.
The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has proved to be a theater for that 5G race with international delegations sent from around the world ready to begin partnership talks. The FCC chairman, who forms part of the U.S. delegation sent to Barcelona, has been jockeying potential suitors and is meeting with allies to set a contractual framework putting U.S. companies at the forefront of global deployment of 5G technology. At the conference, Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei unveiled their new 5G-capable devices and announced a 5G partnership with the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s much more of a concrete discussion now because we really are on the doorstep of 5G deployments at scale,” Pai said. “In past years, when 5G was much more of an abstraction to some, I suppose both the potential and challenges of 5G networks weren’t as concretely presented to regulators and businesspeople alike.”
Both the federal government and firms in the U.S. technology industry have been spurred by Trump to ramp up the production of 5G-capable technologies and the deployment of the 5G broadband networks across the country. Last week, the president expressed that he wanted more U.S. companies to move towards the adoption of 5G technology or risk "getting left behind."