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The United States has surpassed South Korea and drawn even with China when it comes to progress towards the next generation of wireless service, a new report from a major wireless trade group finds.
The finding, released by the CTIA on Tuesday, comes after the same study last year found that the two Asian countries had opened a narrow a lead over the U.S. in 5G deployment, measured by the amount of different types of airwaves allotted by governments, equipment construction and other hurdles cleared toward actual live service.
While true, smartphone-compatible 5G does not yet exist in the United States, all four major carriers plan to go live with it in at least a handful of cities sometime in the next few months. Full-fledged 5G service is expected to eventually reach speeds of up to 100 times what’s currently available and open the door to a range of new internet-of-things markets from autonomous car communication to remote healthcare.
CTIA spokesman Nick Ludlum attributed the country’s leap forward to major policy moves intended to speed up progress towards 5G. One was a controversial motion passed by the Federal Communications Commission last year that curbs the power of local authorities to regulate the installation of extra antenna equipment needed to broadcast the super high-frequency signals—so-called “millimeter waves”—on which 5G will primarily operate. At least 23 state legislatures have also solidified similar measures into law over the protests of city and county
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