The President is very clear on his desire for America to be ahead of the rest of the world. The competition from other countries such as China with their space program, or South Korea with their high-speed Internet clearly has him spooked.
In his latest series of tweets, it’s become apparent that he’s quite annoyed that America is lagging behind on implementing technologies that don’t even exist.
In a widely mocked thread, Donald Trump claimed the US was lagging behind on implementing 6G technology, already bored with 5G which, at the best predictions, won’t even be rolled out until 2020-2022.
“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 something that is so obviously the future,” the President wrote on Twitter.
“I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!”
Trump, who once said “I know tech better than anyone” will know that 5G refers to it being the fifth generation of mobile Internet technology. It uses higher frequency radio waves (around 28 and 39 GHz) to carry data. These bands have higher capacity than previous cellular networks, which work between 700 MHz and 3 GHz in the microwave band.
Because of the shorter wavelengths, the range is lower and signals will likely have to be carried by many more smaller phone masts to transmit data. There’s no guarantee when full 5G will come to the US.
“All generations take years to roll out. The investment is substantial, it has to be done while keeping the previous generation up and running, and requires new network infrastructure, mobile devices, software, and even applications,” US electronics company Keysight Technologies told Newsweek.
“Full 5G is not an objective term.”
It’s extremely unclear what 6G will even be. There are predictions that 6G will be rolled out in around 2030 when 5G is no-longer adequate for our needs, with one university already working on it, but at the moment it only really exists as a concept, a combination of the number 6 and the letter G, and an admittedly very cool video.
It’s certainly not something that America is lagging behind on, because basically, it doesn’t exist.
People have of course been mocking Trump for his impatience to skip 5 and go right to 6G. It quickly escalated into a war of who could want the most Gs.
Here are some of our favorites.