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In race for 5G, China leads South Korea, US: study

AFP  |  Washington 

is slightly ahead of and the in the race to develop fifth generation wireless networks, or 5G, a US study showed today.

The study released by the CTIA, a US-based industry association of wireless carriers, suggested that the is lagging in the effort to deploy the that will be needed for self-driving cars, and other technologies.

The report prepared by the research firm found that all major Chinese providers have committed to specific launch dates and the government has committed to allocate spectrum for the carriers.

The 10-nation study said the US is in the "first tier" of countries in preparing deployment of 5G, along with China, and In the second tier are key European markets including France, and Britain, with Singapore, and in the third tier.

Industry officials say deployment will reap important economic benefits for the leaders, and that lagging could have negative effects.

"The will not get a second chance to win the global race," said Meredith Attwell Baker,

"I'm confident that can win and reap the significant economic benefits of wireless due to our world-leading commercial investments." Baker said the US still needs to enact measures to reform local zoning rules and unlock access to spectrum as part of a broader plan for 5G.

"I'm optimistic we will leapfrog because key leaders in the administration, on Capitol Hill, and at the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) are focused on the reforms needed to win the race." According to the study, led that way in 2G, the second generation, while was ahead in and the United States in 4G.

The first commercial 5G roll-outs begin this year and next in the United States, and Japan, and the is counting on the new to trigger a wave of growth in equipment sales and mobile services.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 19:40 IST