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April 27, 2018

Key Takeaways from Race to 5G Summit .

Key Takeaways from Race to 5G Summit

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Nick Ludlum
Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

The race to lead the world in 5G is on – and America needs to win. At stake? Millions of new jobs, billions in economic growth, and transformative advances across industries.

Last week, CTIA brought together leaders from across the telecom landscape to address the international competition to lead the world in wireless, the risk of falling behind, the policies we need to win, and how 5G will impact a variety of sectors such as healthcare, energy and manufacturing.

More than 250 attendees heard from Senators Cory Gardner and Maggie Hassan, Rep. Susan Brooks, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, and NTIA Administrator David Redl, as well as senior business and technology leaders from Samsung, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Intel, Nokia, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

From left to right: Tim Baxter, President & CEO, Samsung Electronics North America; Niklas Heuveldop, President & CEO, Ericsson North America; Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm.
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From left to right: Tim Baxter, President & CEO, Samsung Electronics North America; Niklas Heuveldop, President & CEO, Ericsson North America; Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm.

These business executives are investing in and building out the next generation of wireless. By bringing their message to our nation’s capital directly, their presence underscores the importance of the U.S. winning the 5G race—and the urgency with which policymakers need to act to make that happen.

CTIA President & CEO Meredith Atwell Baker started the day by highlighting that 5G will be a game-changer for America’s communities and industries, and called on policymakers to help the U.S. jump ahead in the race by releasing more spectrum and streamlining infrastructure siting rules.

Key policymakers endorsed her call and discussed the policies that will be critical to help the U.S. lead.

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“[The AIRWAVES Act] ... is going to get us those spectrum auctions because you have to have that access.” – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

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“[The AIRWAVES Act] gets a lifeblood of spectrum in the pipeline to continue this great innovation and progress because there are other countries who aren’t waiting for Congress.” – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

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“[The AIRWAVES Act] aims to motivate industry and federal agencies to find better ways to utilize spectrum and avoid a spectrum crunch, helping better prepare us to deploy 5G.” – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Rep. Susan Brooks and Senators Cory Gardner and Maggie Hassan all spoke about the importance of the AIRWAVES Act—which they are co-sponsors of in the House and Senate, respectively—to create a reliable spectrum pipeline for 5G networks and invest in rural broadband.

NTIA Administrator David Redl outlined the path the Administration is taking to help the U.S. wireless industry win the race to 5G, from making more spectrum available and easing infrastructure siting roadblocks to helping secure networks and collaborating on standards.

From left to right: Margaret McGill, Politico; John Saw, CTO, Sprint; Marachel Knight, SVP, AT&T; Ed Chan, SVP, Verizon; Karri Kuoppamaki, VP, T-Mobile.
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From left to right: Margaret McGill, Politico; John Saw, CTO, Sprint; Marachel Knight, SVP, AT&T; Ed Chan, SVP, Verizon; Karri Kuoppamaki, VP, T-Mobile.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr discussed the FCC’s recent actions to free up high-band spectrum and streamline infrastructure deployment for small cells that are critical for 5G networks—and noted that the agency is looking at key local siting reforms to tackle next.

We also heard from industry leaders about life-changing innovations we can expect from 5G—from autonomous vehicles to remote surgery—as well as plans to begin rolling out 5G as soon as this year.

 

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“Winning the race to 5G will require more than just streamlining our approach to the federal regulatory review process. That’s why the FCC has been looking at the important role that state and local reviews play in facilitating the deployment of next-gen wireless infrastructure. – FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

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“We know the best path to ensuring wireless leadership for the United States is the entire government working in a coordinated fashion to support the industry’s 5G push.” – NTIA Administrator David Redl

On our website you can find a full recap of CTIA’s Race to 5G Summit—including photos and videos—as well as CTIA’s two recent reports, which measure the global race to 5G and quantify the benefits America received from leading in 4G.

Analysys Mason assessed and ranked ten countries on their 5G-readiness efforts, and found that China currently holds a narrow lead over the U.S. and South Korea. Recon Analytics found that winning the race to 4G boosted U.S. GDP by nearly $100B and that our 4G launch drove an 84 percent increase in wireless-related jobs.

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