Donald Trump Demands 6G Rollout As Soon as Possible

first_imgStay on target I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on………— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019 AT&T Developing 5G Robots To Work in Retail StoresWorld’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China Donald Trump is not a patient man.The president this week urged wireless carriers to deploy 5G and 6G networks “as soon as possible.”Except, those technologies don’t actually exist yet.Yes, Verizon and AT&T launched preliminary 5G services late last year. But, as Geek sister site PCMag’s resident device expert Sascha Segan pointed out: neither is broadly available nor “meaningful for much more than bragging rights.”So why is Trump insisting the US roll them out now?“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” he wrote in a Thursday tweet. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard.” ….something that is so obviously the future. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019Fifth-generation cellular wireless, as described by Segan, brings three new functions to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).AT&T launched 5G in 12 cities on Dec. 1, while Verizon started with fixed 5G home Internet service, and plans to expand into mobile 5G this year.In general, though, there is more 5G hype than actual 5G. And the president’s call for deployment won’t change that.Demanding prospective technology isn’t going to make a difference, either, considering new wireless standards take years to develop and distribute.“6G is not defined yet,” Richard Li, head of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union’s Network 2030 focus group, told IEEE Spectrum last year. “I’m going to act like a wily fox and let other people define it.”Federal Communications Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel echoed that sentiment, admitting last year that “no one knows yet what 6G will entail.”Industry insiders, however, can speculate.“The sixth generation of wireless service will feature terahertz-frequency networks and spatial multiplexing,” Rosenworcel predicted during a September wireless conference, as reported by The Washington Post. It could conceivably support download speeds 1,000 times faster than the gigabit speeds some promise under 5G.“American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind,” Trump’s tweets continued. “There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on … something that is so obviously the future.“I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies,” he wrote. “We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology.”It’s unclear who’s whispering sweet nothings of sixth-gen cell networks into Trump’s ear. But perhaps he got over excited when Huawei founder and president Ren Zhengfei on Thursday told CBS This Morning that “we are rolling out 5G and soon we’ll welcome 6G.”The current administration has warned allies it may reconsider military relationships with countries that use Huawei.More on Geek.com:Drones, Doctors, and Disney Praise Verizon 5G at CES 2019China Preps 5G Coverage For World’s Longest Sea BridgeQualcomm’s Latest Tech Sets 5G Phones on Track for 2019last_img read more