5G will be the next revolution in global communications, but the US may be left behind
Harvard Law School's Susan Crawford has written a new book, “Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — and Why America Might Miss It.” She's assembled her concerns about US connectivity, along with her suggestions how to alleviate them. The data-carrying capacity of the next generation of fiber-optics, known as “5G” (as the fifth generation of wireless telecommunications technology), will give countries that invest in those advanced networks a huge advantage over those that don’t. It’s 100 times faster than the existing 4G technology and far more capacious, allowing simultaneous connections of billions of devices. Which countries are investing in the technology? For one, China, which is planning to cover 80% of its residences and businesses with 5G connectivity by 2025. While the leaders of the USA and China rant and rave at one another, Western companies continue to work closely with those in China, aware that 5G will be a global platform. “In the run-up to 5G, it has been China’s operators, especially China Mobile, which have been a driving force.” But America’s experience with trying to bring fiber to its homes and businesses isn’t auspicious.
5G will be the next revolution in global communications, but the US may be left behind America desperately needs fiber internet, and the tech giants won’t save us (Vox)