President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom's four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm -- a deal that would have been the largest ever completed in the technology industry.
"It is not just China, it is not just chips. It is broad technology. It is U.S. military power and economic power going forward and he's got a very consistent point of view," said Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors. "Trump has been saying all year long since he was inaugurated that security is very important to him, technology is very important to him, trade is very important to him and getting jobs back to the United States is very important to him. He's making this all into one fabric," he added.
The White House on Monday denied that any decision has been made about building a nationalized fifth-generation 5G wireless network to combat the threat of Chinese eavesdropping. "Right now, we're in the very earliest stages of the conversation," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during Monday's daily briefing. "There are absolutely no decisions made on what that would look like, what role anyone would play in it."
The past few weeks have been eventful for wireless research, showing how new advances in mobile communication, one of the fundamental building blocks for so much technology today, have to be driven by both the grassroots and policymakers to be successful. Just before the new year, 3GPP in Lisbon -- the standards-setting body that drives cellular wireless -- successfully completed the first 5G specification.
National security officials in the Trump administration are looking at options where the U.S. government could take over a part of the country's mobile network as a way of guarding against China, news outlet Axios reported.
Fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks promise to blow away existing 4G connections. According to the U.S. government, the new systems will deliver 1,000 times more traffic, with far superior reliability and faster response times. Movies will glisten in ultra-high definition, while cities become smart, autonomous cars safe, and the Internet of Things ubiquitous. Mobile broadband may out-perform fiber optics, as The Economist notes, putting “your phone on steroids.”
US President Donald Trump’s administration highlighted 5G deployments as a national priority, naming them as a key factor in improving domestic infrastructure and boosting the economy. In particular, the administration flagged “improvements in bandwidth, better broadband connectivity and protection from persistent cyberattacks” as necessary to support future economic growth.
As a first application of fifth-generation -- or 5G -- wireless, these services will use radio signals, rather than copper or fiber cables, to provide customers with unprecedented wireless speeds for Internet access. As 5G continues to evolve, customers will benefit from a wide array of services -- including broadband, mobile and IoT (Internet of things) -- and the necessary bandwidth and low latency for 3D and virtual reality applications.
In 2015, 40 governors committed to providing their K-12 students with equal access to educational opportunity by ensuring that all of their classrooms were connected to high-speed broadband. During 2016, 34 of these governors took action, taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the modernization of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E-rate program, to begin the process of delivering on this commitment.
The maximum advertised download speeds amongst the most popular service tiers offered by ISPs have increased from 12-30 Mbps in March 2011 (when the program first launched) to 100-300 Mbps in September 2015. These increases are not uniform across access technologies and have been driven primarily by the cable industry, with smaller increases in fiber based systems. Average DSL speeds have increased only slightly over these years and satellite speeds, over a shorter time interval, have remained constant.