Trump Demands Quick Rollout Of “6G” Wireless Tech, Which Doesn’t Exist

US President Donald Trump today urged wireless carriers to deploy 5G and “6G” networks “as soon as possible,” seemingly ignoring the small problem that 6G technology doesn’t exist yet.

“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” Trump wrote on Twitter this morning. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind.”

In a second tweet, Trump said that 5G and 6G are “so obviously the future.”

Trump further wrote that he wants the US “to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies.”

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“We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!” Trump concluded.

5G hype in full swing

5G is certainly coming, whether Trump tweets about it or not. But today, there’s more 5G hype and 5G word games than there is actual 5G. Verizon is offering 5G home Internet in a few cities, but for now it’s based on Verizon’s own technology rather than the 5G NR (New Radio) global standard.

AT&T has deliberately misled customers by relabeling large portions of its 4G LTE network as 5G. Smartphone users in areas where AT&T is using advanced 4G LTE technology now see a “5G E” network indicator. 5G E stands for 5G Evolution, but it is, in fact, nothing more than 4G with LTE features like 256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO, and three-way carrier aggregation.

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