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April 20, 2018

This Week in 5G: The Race to 5G is Heating Up .

    This Week in 5G: The Race to 5G is Heating Up


    Ariz Matute
    Director, Digital Strategy

    Welcome back to our weekly roundup of news and updates on the next generation of wireless. Here’s what’s happened “This Week in 5G”.

    Who’s Leading the Race to 5G?
    On Monday, CTIA released new research highlighting where ten lead nations stand in the global race to 5G. America’s 4G leadership boosted GDP by nearly $100B and spurred an 84% increase in wireless-related jobs. The research revealed that China holds a narrow lead in overall 5G readiness ahead of South Korea and the United States. However, the U.S. is close behind and poised to leapfrog into first place if the government acts on several fronts this year.

    Spectrum Auctions are Coming
    On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to move forward with the first high-band spectrum auctions later this year. See our statement here.

    Bringing 5G to Our Military
    T-Mobile also announced this week that they will be bringing 5G infrastructure to military bases and nearby communities so that members of the military and their families will be able to benefit from the next generation of wireless.

    Expanding “5G Evolution”
    On Thursday, AT&T announced the expansion of “5G Evolution” wireless technology across 117 markets within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The new initiative will enhance existing 4G technologies to achieve faster speeds, and serve as a stepping stone to planned mobile 5G deployments.

    The Race is (Very Much) On
    Wrapping up the week, CTIA hosted the Race to 5G Summit in Washington, D.C., bringing together wireless influencers from across government and industry. CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker underscored the industry focus: “5G is a race. And everyone here is part of it… Nations have seen the benefits of our 4G global leadership, and they want it for 5G… This is a race we must win, and I’m confident we will win.” You can look back at the conversation on twitter, using the hashtag #RaceTo5G.

    We’ll be back next week for more highlights and stories on the next generation of wireless networks.

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