The race to 5G is on and Donald Trump wants to win it


President Donald Trump pauses during remarks on the deployment of 5G technology in the United States during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Washington.Photo/Evan Vucci)

The race to 5G was already but now it has got an official seal of approval from the world’s most ‘powerful man’. US presidentDonald Trump, as per a report by CNBC, announced various initiatives to boost 5G networks. Trump said that, “the race to 5G is on and America must win.”

The US president further said, “To accelerate and incentivize these investments, my administration is freeing up as much wireless spectrum as needed. We are removing regularity barriers to the buildout of networks. The FCC is taking very bold action, bolder than they’ve ever taken before, to make wireless spectrum available.”

Trump revealed that 92 5G markets will be ready in the US by the end of the year. If that happens, which, according to CNBC, remains on track to get 48 markets live.

While telecom service providers are going with full gusto in the US, South Korea and other markets, smartphone makers are readying for 5G with a slew of devices. So far we have seen two 5G devices being unveiled in the market. Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei’s foldable phone the Mate X.

Samsung Galaxy S10 went up for pre-orders in the US yesterday while it is expected that Huawei Mate X will hit the shelves sometime in June.

Recently, a Korea-based telecom company has now revealed the world’s first five 5G subscribers. According to a Forbes report, SK Telecom has announced five names – including their longest subscriber – who will get 5G services first in the world. SK Telecom is Korea’s largest telecom service provider.

The Forbes report quotes a statement from SK Telecom according to which, “The world’s first 5G smartphone subscribers are Baek-hyun and Kai from EXO (K-pop idol group), Kim Yu-na (Olympic medalist), Lee Sang-hyeok (“Faker,” esports player), Yoon Sung-hyuk (para-swimmer) and Park Jae-won (SK Telecom’s longest subscriber).”

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