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China wants to win the 5G race. Can the United States hold it back?
In past years, the U.S. usually battled European companies when it came to creating new waves of mobile communication. This time around, however, it is China that the U.S. has to worry about, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
U.S. and Chinese telecommunication companies and experts are each trying to gain an upper hand in testing and rolling out 5G networks.
At stake is what experts say will be a next generation wireless communication system that could be 10 to 100 times faster than current networks, as well as more capable and provide the connectability to power new technology such as autonomous vehicles.
Companies that own patents could make billions of dollars in royalties and have a leg up on developing new technologies, the Journal reported.
In Austin, AT&T has been testing a wireless network it calls 5G Evolution, which the company said is faster than current 4G networks but not as fast as a full 5G service will be. In the spring, the company also opened a testing facility in Austin to simulate real-world customer experiences with its 5G network.
AT&T months ago also said it was in the process of launching a full 5G service in cities that include Dallas, Atlanta and Waco.
“We’re working on an aggressive schedule to help ensure customers can enjoy mobile 5G when we launch the network this year,” AT&T said earlier this year. “We will add more 5G capable mobile devices and smartphones in early 2019 and beyond.”
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