'Ahead of critical trade talks with China, US President Donald Trump is demanding America forge ahead in the tech race by jumping straight to sixth-generation mobile communications. Only problem? It doesn’t exist.
Despite 5G communication technology only recently being rolled out for consumers, Trump’s tweets on Thursday morning demanded that American companies “step up their efforts, or get left behind,” calling for “5G, and even 6G” technology to be developed “as soon as possible.”
I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on.........
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
Although release dates for nationwide coverage vary, almost all of America’s major providers have already introduced limited scale 5G networks.
While admitting the latest generation of mobile communication is “far more powerful, faster and smarter” than its predecessors, the president showed that his outlook on American technological progress is even more far-sighted.
We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!
Trump’s bold vision nonetheless struck a number of people as odd, due to the fact that 6G technology is still in the realm of theory. This led to some speculation on Twitter about what prompted his sudden proclamation.'
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