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Steve Forbes: US can beat China in 5G without becoming like China

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China’s aggressive push to dominate 5G wireless technology has given rise to calls for the U.S. government to take over the development of a national 5G network. That's a bad idea that should be reRead full story

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  • T-Mobile is planning to launch $20 per month home internet access in 2020 on their 5G network. That’s a huge expansion of the market size for mobile carriers and is plenty of incentive to aggressively roll out 5G. All carriers are already deploying networks and waiting for 5G iPhones to show up. Those devices also now include the replacement for your cable modem with a wireless 5G to WiFi hotspot.

  • I'm flagging a lot of articles vis-a-vis the long term relationship and future between US and China as it's such a critical time. I concur with Steve Forbes that the US doesn't need to be like China in order to compete with China over 5G i.e. it can let the private sector drive it. It is indeed said that 5G is critical to the dreams of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A faster internet is needed for autonomous cars, IOT, AR/VR and the spatial internet to become a reality. As a Futurist we live in

    I'm flagging a lot of articles vis-a-vis the long term relationship and future between US and China as it's such a critical time. I concur with Steve Forbes that the US doesn't need to be like China in order to compete with China over 5G i.e. it can let the private sector drive it. It is indeed said that 5G is critical to the dreams of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A faster internet is needed for autonomous cars, IOT, AR/VR and the spatial internet to become a reality. As a Futurist we live in quite exciting times.

    That said, where I do think government should play a role is on the research as to the health implications of 5G. Many scientists are saying that the current amount of electromagnetic waves is already having an impact on our bodies. Small base stations everywhere could be much worse according to engineer friends of mine. I don't have a conclusion, I just think it's the governments job to do impartial research.

  • Steve Forbes makes a very important point even beyond his comment of not needing to be like China to win. America needs to focus on innovation and investment, and understand 5G ultimately is just infrastructure. 5G allows for an intelligent network, a network where edge computing becomes a reality, pervasive computing is driven to the last meter, and new applications, interactive applications, games, interactive entertainment, and most of all transactions that bring about revenues and earnings. There

    Steve Forbes makes a very important point even beyond his comment of not needing to be like China to win. America needs to focus on innovation and investment, and understand 5G ultimately is just infrastructure. 5G allows for an intelligent network, a network where edge computing becomes a reality, pervasive computing is driven to the last meter, and new applications, interactive applications, games, interactive entertainment, and most of all transactions that bring about revenues and earnings. There is much more to the ecosystem then just a network, the network effect that Metcalf coined years ago is much greater than the network itself. And even if the paranoia is over 5G are real, those are opportunities for American innovation to securitize and protect the larger ecosystem.

  • Privatization has many benefits and when used right, it can become an amazing advantage. For 5g, it is definitely an advantage thanks to the high demand for faster streaming of data. Everyone wants to be able to watch videos faster and get their content faster.

    With the competition of the private sector, expect to see more haste in innovating a better 5g network in China. If the government can make some sort of incentive for being the first, then we really got things going.

  • Don’t see how becoming China would possibly go hand in hand with beating them with 5G.

  • China will takeover the US in technology, the question is when?

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