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U.S. officials have unveiled plans to accelerate deployment of 5G wireless networks, including new funding to bring the ultrafast systems to remote rural areas.

At a White House event, the Federal Communications Commission announced new spectrum auctions for 5G systems and said a fund of 20.4 billion U.S. dollars will be established to help build high-speed broadband networks in rural areas over the next decade.

The new 5G networks "will improve Americans' lives in so many ways," said FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

"From precision agriculture to smart transportation networks to telemedicine and more, we want Americans to be the first to benefit from this new digital revolution while protecting our innovators and citizens. And we don't want rural Americans to be left behind."

The announcement comes amid an intense race by countries around the world to deploy the technology offering wireless speeds 10 to 100 times faster than currently available.

Earlier this month, South Korea launched what it said was the first nationwide 5G network while US carriers rolled out 5G in some locations. China is also moving quickly on 5G.

Friday's announcement confirms that the U.S. will rely on private networks despite some speculation it would seek to nationalize 5G on national security grounds.

Officials offered no new information on what if any actions it would take to block the Chinese tech giant Huawei – the largest supplier of networking equipment from 5G systems in the U.S.

The new funding announced could be used to help cash-strapped rural carriers which have been considering the Chinese giant.

President Donald Trump said at the event that 5G is a priority for his administration.

"American companies must lead the world in cellular technology," he said.

"5G networks must be secured. They must be strong. They have to be guarded from the enemy. We do have enemies out there."

Harold Feld at the consumer group Public Knowledge said it was not clear if the funding for rural broadband would be new or simply taken from an existing program.

"Is the administration promising to provide new money for rural broadband through existing authority, or is the administration going to need to ask Congress to provide new money?" Feld asked in a statement.

Source(s): AFP

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Post time 2019-4-13 17:35:42 |Display all floors
The USA has a weak position in 5G because it lacks a US vendor of 5G equipment. In rural areas, the USA relies on a smorgasbord of wireless technologies ranging from WiFi, WiMAX, CDMA, LTE to proprietary technologies from small US vendors such as Ubiquity, Mimosa, etc. Huawei’s 4G TD-LTE technology coupled with its microwave backhaul solutions has allowed it to become the world’s number one vendor of fixed-wireless broadband equipment used in rural areas, a small market where its non-US competitors — Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung — hardly competes in. This is how Huawei was able to capture 25% of the US market in rural broadband.

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Post time 2019-4-13 18:03:21 |Display all floors

US President Trump made a great fool of himself on the world stage!

His delaying tactics gave way and expose US poor performance while lagging behind top performers in 5G!

This time, US President Trump must prove to the world that his 5G infrastructure does and will not siphon important information for use by US to capture terrorists and anti US elements around the whole world. It should also include the declaration that it will not divert information for US to command and control or even destroy competitors!


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Post time 2019-4-14 07:37:58 |Display all floors
GhostBuster Post time: 2019-4-13 18:03
US President Trump made a great fool of himself on the world stage!

His delaying tactics gave wa ...

The Trump Administration made a big mistake going after Huawei in the name of National Cybersecurity because US internet companies such as Google and Facebook are the guilty parties most likely to violate the privacy of their online users. Even US tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple, IBM, HP, Oracle, etc. are the most vulnerable to charges of cyber espionage because they sell their proprietary systems with closed-source software which is not publicly accessible. As foreign governments start enacting National Cybersecurity Laws, Huawei as a hardware vendor can easily offer open-source cloud computing software running on its data center hardware to its telecom customers who can then provide in-county hosted IaaS platforms to their in-country SaaS customers. More countries will require user data to be hosted in local data centers managed by local companies, and more customers will require open-source software so they can modify their own applications in-house instead of buying closed-source software from third-party software vendors. The long-term trend towards open-source cloud computing software (Linux, OpenStack, ElasticSearch, Hadoop, etc.) favors Huawei who can bundle these publicly accessible software to its customers free-of-charge together with its data center hardware as part of its 5G “Internet-in-a-Box” solutions.
In going after Huawei, the USA is just shooting itself in the foot.

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Post time 2019-4-14 15:26:53 |Display all floors
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The Trump Administration made a big mistake going after Huawei in the name of National Cybersecuri ...

  Whenever I had 5G connectivity, I tried downloading PUBG Mobile off the Google Play store. That's a 1.81GB file, but I figured it would be no match for 5G's faster speeds. And the app did download more often than not, taking between 5 to 6 minutes to do so. Here's the curious thing, though: I ran the same test over LTE, and the download times were faster — usually around 3 minutes once I removed the Moto Mod. (Just for the sake of comparison, I tried downloading PUBG Mobile with my Pixel 3 XL, which has a newer chipset than the one powering the Z3. It also took 2 minutes, 50 seconds to download the game over LTE.),news-29828.html

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Post time 2019-4-17 08:20:29 |Display all floors
emanreus Post time: 2019-4-14 15:26
  Whenever I had 5G connectivity, I tried downloading PUBG Mobile off the Google Play store. ...

The Trump Administration has other things to worry about aside from Chinese tech companies such as Huawei. And that’s the EU and their efforts to target US tech companies.

Europe puts American tech on leash

Copyright deal shows digital giants that Brussels is boss.

    By Matthew Karnitschnig | 2/14/19,

    BERLIN — It’s official: Silicon Valley’s most important regulator is Europe.

    Despite years of intense PR and behind-the-scenes lobbying, U.S. tech giants failed to convince European lawmakers to ditch their plans for new copyright rules. That matters for a whole host of reasons that Silicon Valley will have to digest in the weeks ahead. Most immediately, the move is a challenge to the business model of Google built around unfettered access to information online.

    More importantly, perhaps, it again signals Europe’s willingness to confront American tech on other fronts that affect the sector, in particular the ongoing debate over digital taxation. And then there’s the first mover advantage: By pressing ahead with tough rules on issues from tax to privacy and copyright before the U.S., Europe is establishing its claim to be the de facto standard-setter for the emerging digital world.

    Keep in mind this isn’t the EU’s first crack at trying to tame the “Big Five.” Last summer, the European Commission slapped a record €4.3 billion antitrust fine on Google for what it called “serious illegal behavior,” a reference to the pressure the platform exerted on smartphone manufacturers to pre-install apps for its Android operating system. That penalty followed a €2.4 billion antitrust fine leveled against Google by the Commission in 2017 in connection with its online shopping business.

    On another front in 2016, the Commission ordered Apple to pay Ireland €13 billion plus interest, rejecting the company’s decades-old sweetheart tax arrangement with Dublin that enabled it to pay almost no tax.

    Brussels’ run-ins with American tech have prompted howls in Washington. President Donald Trump complained to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last year that the official behind the fines, antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager (whom Trump referred to as “your tax lady“), “hates” America.

    Meanwhile, Europe is turning up the dial. In addition to the EU-level actions, individual countries are stalking U.S. tech over everything from privacy to tax. Just last week, German authorities took aim at Facebook’s practice of tracking users and collecting their data, the heart of its business model. The ruling by Germany’s cartel office, which Facebook is appealing, prompted Wired to quip: “German regulators just outlawed Facebook’s whole ad business.” France, meanwhile, decided in December not to wait on the EU to come up with a digital tax and proceeded alone with a law that took effect in January.

    Whatever spin emerges from Silicon Valley in the coming days over how to interpret Europe’s decision on copyright, one shouldn’t lose sight of the bottom line: Silicon Valley lost.

    And not only in Europe. For all of the EU’s dysfunction, if there’s one thing it’s good at, it’s regulation.

    Despite years of planning, Europe’s introduction of new digital privacy rules last summer caught many U.S. companies flat-footed. With fines for GDPR violations totaling up to 4 percent of a company’s global annual revenue, U.S. firms scrambled to comply, spawning a cottage industry for lawyers and consultants.

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