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China leading the way when it comes to 5G

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China is greatly outspending the US when it comes to building the infrastructure needed to support 5G networks according to a new report from Deloitte titled 5G – The Chance to Lead for a Decade (opens in new tab).

China currently has ten times more sites to support 5G communications than the US. During just three months in 2017, Chinese carriers and cell phone tower companies added more sites than the US had during the course of the past three years.

The countries that adopt the next generation of wireless communications first will experience “disproportionate  gains” due the to “untapped economic potential” that 5G brings.

Since 2015, China has outspent the US by $24bn and has built 350,000 new cell phone tower sites while the US built less than 30,000 during the same time period. Deloitte noted in its report that it may also be around 35 per cent cheaper to install the necessary equipment for carriers to offer 5G in China than in the US.

Principal at Deloitte, Dan Littmann highlighted the economic benefits of being the first to offer 5G in a statement (opens in new tab), saying:

"We predict that 5G will expand the network effect dramatically by extending the reach of the internet to almost any kind of connection, by almost any kind of device, anywhere a wireless signal can reach. The potential economic benefits of 5G will soon become a key differentiator for cities looking to attract both businesses and residents. For the U.S. to remain competitive and eventually emerge as a leader, the race to 5G should be carefully evaluated and swift actions should be taken." 

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After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.