5G ramp up: US unveils plans to speed up 5G wireless deployment

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This is part of FCC's three-part 5G Fast Plan, namely, spectrum freeing-up, small antennas installment and deployment of optical fiber, according to Pai.

"Creating a national fund to support these innovators is a great idea", said Prakash Sangam, the founder of Tantra Analyst, which is involved in marketing and business development of wireless technology.

President Trump and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai are expected to announce the administration's latest plans to ensure USA leadership in 5G and expand high-speed broadband access to rural areas across the country.

This new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will be used to help roll out infrastructure to rural Americans in peroration for 5G technologies according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Trump acknowledged that he considered such a plan - opposed by the FCC and others - but ultimately backed away from it.

The United States, New Zealand and Australia have banned China's Huawei from developing their 5G networks, citing security threats.

President Donald Trump said the US will cut regulations and free up spectrum for 5G technology amid tight competition with China and other nations to develop the next generation of telecommunications infrastructure.

5G data speeds are up to ten times faster than 4G LTE speeds and will eventually help birth new companies and services.

Pai said the FCC still needs to go through the notice and comment process on the proposal, but he wants the funding to be given to companies through a reverse auction.

"I draw the lesson from the development of the wireless industry over the past three decades, including USA leadership in 4G". The president boasted that by the end of the year, 92 markets in the US will support 5G compared to 48 in South Korea.

Pertaining to the use of Huawei equipment in the US, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai addressed security concerns, but tiptoed around actually mentioning Huawei, the Chinese telcom company. He also took the opportunity to discuss Huawei.

"It's all about 5G now", Mr. Trump said, calling 5G a "big deal".

The FCC since March 2018 has also been considering rules to bar the use of funds from a government program to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to US communications networks.

Before the event, the FCC met about opening up spectrum for 5G.

Lower frequencies, which are being licensed for 5G in several other countries, would need fewer cell sites, but that spectrum in the United States is held by satellite operators who are reluctant to give it up. Pai said consideration is "ongoing" without offering a deadline for a decision.

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