China's 5G lead and how the U.S. can catch up, explained

Spectrum allocation and management is key to the U.S. gaining the lead on China in the 5G race, but there are obstacles. Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call

Why the US is behind in the 5G race
CQ on Congress, Episode 163

Signage for 5G technology is displayed at the Intel booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Poor allocation of airwaves and the absence of a domestic telecom supplier could delay U.S. mobile carriers from deploying 5G as effectively as some other countries and thus cede leadership to China, says CQ Roll Call's senior technology reporter Gopal Ratnam. He explains how the U.S. is hoping to respond and why the trade war between Washington and Beijing may be complicating those efforts.