Donald Trump wants 6G in the US ‘as soon as possible’
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While 5G mobile networks are still yet to launch, US President Donald Trump has jumped the gun and called for American companies to roll out 6G in the country or risk getting “left behind”.
In a series of tweets, he said there was no reason that the US should be “lagging behind” on new technologies.
He also spoke about the benefits of the new generations of mobile network which are “far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard.”
Trump’s demand for 6G has bewildered some on the social network, given that 5G is only in its infancy and 6G is not a specification that exists yet.
One expert told E&T in 2017 that 6G networks may never come to pass and that future iterations will instead rely on evolved 5G standards.
It is not clear what caused Mr Trump to tweet about mobile network technology, although it does follow remarks by Huawei’s founder and president Ren Zhengfei, who appeared on US television on Thursday morning.
“Now we are rolling out 5G and soon we’ll welcome 6G,” Zhengfei told CBS This Morning. “And in the future, I said there will be new equipment that is suitable for the United States.”
The Chinese firm is one of the key companies in the development of 5G, the next generation of mobile communications which is expected to significantly increase the speed and amount of data that can be sent over telecoms networks in years to come.
Huawei is the subject of ongoing scrutiny from governments around the world because of security concerns over alleged links between the firm and the Chinese state – something Huawei has always denied – amid suggestions its position at the heart of telecoms networks could be exploited for Chinese intelligence purposes.
Earlier this week the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it believed it could “mitigate” the risks of using Huawei in the development of its 5G networks.
Ciaran Martin said the NCSC had a “wealth of understanding” of the Chinese tech giant and would not compromise on security improvements it needed to see from the company.