In contest with China, the US risks isolation with 5G choice

When US President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's plan for "winning the race" to 5G earlier this month, he neglected to mention that the United States is building its network using a technology that's inferior to what the rest of the planet will likely adopt. It's akin to building a Betamax system in a VHS world.

"We cannot allow any other country to out-compete the United States in this powerful industry of the future," Mr Trump said, noting 5G's crucial role in the US' economic prosperity and national security.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2019, with the headline 'In contest with China, the US risks isolation with 5G choice'. Print Edition | Subscribe