President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants the United States to adopt 5G or 6G technology.
I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on.........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
5G and 6G stand for fifth and sixth-generation mobile connectivity. We already live in a 4G world, allowing us to quickly download music and surf the web. According to Imnovation Hub, countries like Spain have smartphones that, on average, have transmission speeds of 21 Mbps.
“5G connection speed will manage to achieve over 10 Gbps,” Imnovation Hub wrote. “That is to say, between 100 and 1000 times faster, making it possible to download, for example, a HD movie in 10 seconds.”
The articles states that 5G technology could allow us to create a functioning internet-based ecosystem in our everyday lives, as well as bring “smart cities” into reality.
“5G technology will be a key factor to allow millions of devices to be connected simultaneously in highly populated areas,” according to the article. “In addition, it will enable communication between those devices, linking a smartphone to the garage door at home or the alarm clock to the coffee maker, so that we can wake up and find freshly brewed coffee.”
Such a technology would also allow “real time feed” for traffic, allowing us to know the condition of roadways much faster. You could no longer experience connection and buffering issues when using voice and video calling services like Skype. And these are just a few examples of what 5G could do.
Imnovation Hub wrote that 5G technology will likely be implemented completely by 2020. Last year, China tested the power of 5G by installing cell towers along a six-mile road, in order to help autonomous vehicles collect information and navigate through it. Technology Review said that China hopes to become the pioneer of a fully-implemented 5G lifestyle. And it seems like Trump wants to step into the race.
....something that is so obviously the future. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019