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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, Friday 15th. February 2019.
President Donald Trump sent a couple of bizarre tweets Thursday morning to name a "6G" wireless network and apparently suggested he could take a thicker stance on the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.
"I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the US as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster and smarter than the current standard. US companies must increase their efforts or be left behind. There is no reason why we should be after something so obvious the future, Trump said in the first of two tweets.
He added, "I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting technology!"  Trump isn't called China or Huawei, but that's probably what he's referring to. Chinese companies are at the forefront of 5G technology, and the Trump administration resumed trading talks with Chinese dealers on Thursday. Both nations face a deadline of March 1 to reach an agreement, even though Trump has suggested he could settle it.
Meanwhile, Trump has been preparing a leader to ban Huawei and ZTE from operating in the United States, which would give US companies a little more cushion to build their own 5G networks. Now it seems that Trump could reconsider a ban on Chinese telecoms.
It is unclear whether a potential ban on Huawei and ZTE will factor in negotiations, but such an exercise order will likely invite some bad blood between the world's two largest economies.
The United States and other countries have long feared Huawei's equipment could be used for espionage.
TPG Telecom dropped plans to use Huawei equipment in Australia, which banned the use of Huawei's equipment. New Zealand and Japan have similar bans in place. The UK has not settled anything, but The Royal United Services Institute announced earlier this month that the Huawei equipment could be "naive" and "irresponsible".
Germany has considered similar measures, but said earlier this month it is not ready to ban Huawei and that it will allow all 5G equipment providers in the country.
US Carriers, including AT & T and Verizon, still activate several 5G networks in selected cities, and T-Mobile and Sprint plan to launch their later this year. Most experts believe it will take at least 2020 for 5G to become widespread.
Samsung announced the first phone that will run on the faster network, but it won't start until the second quarter of this year.
Trump's reference to non-existent "6G" can only be an indication that he wants the technology to move full speed ahead, but it's not something that anyone will be able to use in the near future.