This year will be an exciting one for 5G development and implementation. The first mobile 5G services go live, soon compatible devices will be released and yet some uncertainties remain to be seen. Whereas delays are currently slowing down things in the United States, the rat race is only just beginning in Switzerland.
Shutdown against 5G
The governmental shutdown in the United States has been ongoing since January 22 and there is no sign of it coming to an end for the time being. The issue here is the distribution of budgetary funds in the USA and the dispute about the budget law. If no agreement is reached, the salaries of employees of government institutions are no longer being paid or they are forced to take unpaid leave.
But how does this affect the 5G expansion? According to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), this could have a negative impact on the lead of the US in the race to 5G, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is also heavily affected by the budget freeze.
“Unfortunately, the FCC ran out of funding on January 3rd and closed down its vital device approval process as a result. The unavailability of this process will have a serious and negative impact on the approval of new connected devices that are designed to enable both 5G deployment and the full ecosystem of next generation technologies that 5G will support”, said Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers at TIA.
The ongoing 5G auction will at least continue as planned. However, further steps in the 5G expansion will remain on hold until the US government has reached an agreement.
Other sounds from Switzerland
The Federal Office of Communications in Switzerland stated that the 5G auction is expected to start before the end of this month. However, since the regulations on health effects of radiofrequency radiation are rather strict in Switzerland, the auction of 5G frequencies is likely to be awarded under stringent guidelines.
As a result, the Swiss would overtake the Germans in the 5G race. The question of how the auction in Switzerland’s neighboring country will proceed after three mobile providers filed lawsuits remains unanswered.