Press Release | April 12, 2019

CTA Applauds Trump Administration for Approach to 5G Deployment

Bronwyn Flores
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), regarding today’s White House 5G event with President Trump and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai:

“We thank President Trump and Chairman Pai for their leadership on our nation’s 5G deployment, especially their commitment to a free market-driven approach to 5G implementation. American ingenuity and the free market – not government command and control – have helped make us the world’s most innovative country. And better enabling the private sector to deliver broadband to rural areas will help close our nation’s rural-urban ‘digital divide.’

“5G is a critical platform technology for life-changing innovations including artificial intelligence, digital health, self-driving vehicles and smart cities. But to win the international race to 5G we must remove unnecessary legal barriers, rescind tariffs on 5G-related imports and ensure the world’s greatest technologists can live and work in America. We look forward to working with the White House and FCC to help our nation deliver the ever-faster, anytime/anywhere connectivity we demand and remain the global leader in tech innovation.”

CTA forecasts U.S. sales of 5G-enabled smartphones will reach 2.1 million units and $1 billion in revenue this year. By 2022, 76 percent of all smartphones sold will be 5G-enabled.