Eric Schmidt, former Chairman and CEO of Google.
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The U.S. government’s “cavalry” has left the country “well behind” China in the race to build 5G technology, said former Google chief Eric Schmidt as he urged Washington to increase investment in next-generation Internet technology.
Writes in one stated in the Wall Street JournalSchmidt and Graham Allison, a professor of government at Harvard, said America is “far behind in almost every dimension of 5G, while other nations – including China – are moving forward.”
The authors called on the Biden administration to make 5G a “national priority.” Otherwise, they said, “China will own the 5G future.”
5G refers to the next generation of wireless internet that promises super fast download speeds. But it could also form the basis of industrial and military applications and form a way for entities to communicate with each other. That is why it is seen as a critical technology and one of the reasons why China is moves fast with its own 5G rollout and future applications.
“The step up to real 5G speeds will lead to analog breakthroughs in autonomous vehicles, virtual reality applications like metaverse and other areas that have not yet been invented,” Schmidt and Allison wrote. “There are plenty of applications that can take advantage of a country’s intelligence services and improve its military capabilities.”
The couple also accused the United States of being behind in a number of areas. They said China’s average 5G download speed is significantly faster than the United States’.
China’s median download speed was just over 299 megabits per second in the third quarter of 2021 against 93.73 megabits per second in the US, according to Speedtest, a company that measures internet speeds.
“Mobile Internet speed is a key advancement in 5G, enabling a new domain of cutting-edge applications with potent economic and national security implications,” said Allison and Schmidt.
The authors also said that Huawei, China’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, still dominates the market.although US sanctions have hurt Huawei.“
Meanwhile, China has “quickly allocated the most efficient part” of the wireless spectrum, called intermediate band, to telecommunications companies. It claimed the authors AT&T and Verizon is uses the same spectrum band for both their 4G and 5G networks in the United States
Allison and Schmidt also said that China surpasses the United States when it comes to 5G.
“The pathetic American performance in the 5G race is a sign of the United States’ greater inability to keep up with China in terms of strategically important technologies. China is also ahead of the United States in high-tech manufacturing, green energy and many uses of artificial intelligence,” they said. .