The United States is looking to beat out China and other world powers in deploying a sustainable and viable national 5G network. In a report by Axios, 5G network nationalization could happen as soon as the end of US President Donald Trump’s first term in the oval office.
Axios points this news out as a result of a presentation which was made to senior officials and agencies in the Trump Administration by a senior National Security Council official. The primary goal behind 5G network nationalization would be to keep American wireless infrastructure free and secure from any external threats, the biggest being China.
In the presentation, there were two major points presented:
“The U.S. government pays for and builds the single network — which would be an unprecedented nationalization of a historically private infrastructure.
An alternative plan where wireless providers build their own 5G networks that compete with one another — though the document says the downside is it could take longer and cost more. It argues that one of the “pros” of that plan is that it would cause “less commercial disruption” to the wireless industry than the government building a network.”
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The report points at the second option not being as serious due to the government then having to deal with multiple carriers and partners. It would take a lot longer to implement when taking everybody on board and would be better if an emergency was imposed for 5G network nationalization.
National Security Council officials also admitted that China has growing influence of the global market due to its One Belt One Road initiative. It is gaining control beyond its borders, which is hurting the American position as a super power in the world. The presentation talked about China’s dominance of Artificial Intelligence and 5G network nationalization could allow the US to take the next step in a technological show of strength.
A major benefit of having a strong 5G network paved throughout the country would be allow newer technologies and services to benefit and grow rapidly. Advancements in self-driving cars, virtual reality and connecting everyone wirelessly could bring about a much needed growth in the American economy if all was to go as planned. 5G network nationalization is no where a reality at the moment, but would require a stern approach to block out private national carriers from interfering during the process.
“The U.S. wireless industry is already working on deploying 5G networks, with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, for example, investing heavily in this area. The process for setting 5G standards is well underway. Korea has been at the forefront of testing, as have Japan and others. It’s not clear a national strategy would yield a 5G network faster or by the memo’s 3-year goal,” the report by Axios also stated.
There isn’t any confirmation about whether 5G network nationalization would further the net neutrality agenda or whether or not the government would have more access and control to what users are doing over it. Developments are expected in this regard in the coming days.
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