Getting front of the pack is essential during the 5G revolution to reap economic and civic benefits. That is why the U.S. has been gearing up to become the first country to deploy fifth-generation of wireless technology. The frontrunner in 4G with total 15 percent of global connection, the country makes $400 billion annually from wireless services. After reaping immense benefits by being the first to launch 4G, the North American country looks forward to replicate same with 5G.
However, the U.S. understands 5G will not be only about increasing the speed but also increasing capacity and reducing latency. It will be used in connected cars, virtual reality, and many more. Officially, the country decided that deployment of 5G will be on the utmost priority. But the official statement is not enough, it needs to take necessary steps to gain leadership mantle in the 5G race.
Many countries have participated in the race to launch 5G first. United Arab Emirates have been conducting trials for 5G and authorized implementation and use. South Korea has been planning to launch during Winter Olympics this year. All 28 members of European Union signed an agreement to lay a common foundation. The standardization of 5G has begun in China along with approval to investment of nearly $400 billion in infrastructure.
United State became the first country to deploy a high-band spectrum for 5G networks two years ago. However, the progress stalled as it could not identify more spectrum bands for future use. It needs to organize an auction for 5G airwaves as soon as possible to assert itself as a leader in the era of 5G revolution. South Korea scheduled an auction of 28 GHz band in October this year. The U.S. also needs to take necessary and firm steps to push forward.
To ensure this fifth-generation connectivity reaps huge benefits like 4G, the country needs to have a calendar, in which it needs to determine the roadmap to get its noses in front in the global race.