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What Trump’s Campaign Manager Said About 5G Technology & Why It Matters

Brad Parscale tweeted Tuesday about a single 5G network for all carriers. Does it have anything to do with the Trump administration shutting down the Qualcomm-Broadcom deal?

By NTK Staff | 06.06.2018 @1:15pm
What Trump’s Campaign Manager Said About 5G Technology & Why It Matters

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted Tuesday afternoon about a “single 5G network for all carriers” and lamented the fact that dropped calls, slow speeds, and no service “need to end.”

As a political issue, the Trump campaign would likely find quite a few Americans in support of ending those vexing wireless issues.

But a closer look at the Trump administration’s actions when it comes to 5G wireless technology could be a window into the president’s thought process on this important issue.

Back in March, Singapore-based Broadcom made a bid for a hostile takeover of Qualcomm, the world’s largest chipmaker for smartphones based in San Diego. The Trump administration shut down that takeover attempt on the grounds of national security concerns.

But as numerous media outlets reported at the time, Qualcomm is also by far the leading U.S. company when it comes to 5G technology, the future of wireless communication around the globe.

5G, or the fifth generation of cellular technology, is seen as a potential game-changer because of its heightened speed, responsiveness and ability to handle a myriad of connected devices. Beyond giving you a much faster connection on your phone, 5G could serve as the communications foundation for emerging technologies like self-driving cars, streaming virtual reality experiences and advanced telemedicine options like remote surgery.

But multiple companies want to influence how 5G technology works, and they’re jockeying for position. Unlike older wireless tech such as 3G, where a Verizon Wireless smartphone wouldn’t work on AT&T’s network, 5G is formed via a global standard that every country and company agrees to. While many of the standards are in place, there are still plenty of details to be worked out.

Handing over 5G technology to a foreign company with strong ties to China was a risk the Trump administration wasn’t willing to make. With Parscale’s tweet, it could be the latest sign that Trump is doubling down on the success of U.S.-based Qualcomm to be a global leader for the “next big thing” in wireless technology.

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