President Donald Trump of the U.S. that lost the title of the world's first 5G service country to South Korea by just two hours, expressed a strong will that the 5G should be won by the U.S. Trump stressed that the 5G will play an absolutely important role in America's prosperity in the 21st century.
The U.S. moved stealthily to win the title of the world's first 5G service country last week, hastening the opening date of Verizon's 5G service by a week.
However, the Korean government and the domestic information and communication industry quickly responded to the situation, advancing the opening date of 5G. In the end, the title of "World's First 5G Service Country" became South Korea's possession by a narrow margin of two hours.
"The competition for 5G must be won by the U.S.," President Trump said in a speech at the White House on the commercialization of 5G on April 12.
"The stable 5G network will be an absolutely important link between the prosperity of the United States and national security in the 21st century," he said.
"We can't allow any other country to surpass the U.S. in this powerful industry of the future," Trump said. "We must not rest. It's still a long way before the race ends," he said.
Although the U.S. gave up the No. 1 spot to South Korea, he said the U.S. should chase quickly and rise to the top of the 5G industry.
"Building a high-speed network across the U.S. will change the way Americans work, learn, communicate and travel," Trump said.
Previously, South Korea's three mobile carriers launched 5G commercialization services for some customers at 11 p.m. on April 3, and general customer subscriptions began on April 5. Verizon, a major U.S. telecommunications company, began its service at 1 a.m. on April 4 in some areas.
However, it seems that it is not easy for the U.S. to surpass South Korea and become the world's top 5G player in the future. South Korea already has an overwhelming lead in terms of the budget to invest in 5G.
The establishment of 5G infrastructure requires astronomical budgets. South Korea plans to invest 30 trillion won by 2022. The U.S. is expected to invest $20 billion (about 22.74 trillion won) over the next 10 years.