The U.S. has long been a leader in wireless technology and spectrum innovation, and we currently occupy the top spot in fourth generation (4G) wireless penetration worldwide. However, even as countries around the world are still deploying 4G wireless networks, the race is on to develop the framework for fifth generation (5G) wireless communications services and technologies.
5G networks offer the promise of dramatically faster wireless broadband services, but perhaps as importantly, they will enable a vast universe of wirelessly enabled devices, and facilitate tremendous advances in manufacturing, transportation and many other fields. As such, public and private sector stakeholders from countries around the world have begun to put "stakes in the ground" in an effort to shape the 5G landscape to benefit their national and commercial interests.
Chairman Wheeler outlined an American vision for 5G that relies on competition, regulatory flexibility, and efficient free market solutions so the U.S. can continue to lead the world in wireless and deliver the benefits of next-generation wireless networks to consumers and businesses alike.