Wireless industry officials on Friday ventured to the White House for a 5G Summit to discuss with administration officials the economic importance of next-generation cellular, and how to ensure America maintains a leadership position in 5G.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, used the opportunity to push his 5G FAST (Facilitate America's Superiority in 5G Technology) plan, which covers spectrum policy and rules governing wireless infrastructure.
"Why does 5G matter?" Pai asked summit attendees. "Because it could effectively remove speed, responsiveness, and capacity as meaningful constraints on wireless innovation. Wireless networks will be 100 times faster, maybe more. The lag time between a device's request for data and the network's response will be less than one-tenth of what it is today. Wireless networks that today support 1,000 connected devices per square kilometer could instead support 1 million."
But, to capitalize on the economic opportunities associated with 5G, "Time is of the essence," Pai said. "We are not alone in our pursuit of 5G. The U.S. is in the lead, thanks to our private sector as well as the work of the FCC, this Administration, and Congress. But China, South Korea, and many other countries are eager to claim this mantle."
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