The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said Thursday that he asked the executive president of Apple Inc, Tim Cook, to study helping in the development of telecommunications infrastructure for 5G wireless networks in the United States.
"They have it all – money, technology, vision and Cook!" Trump tweeted.RELATED
The Republican president met with Cook on Wednesday during his visit to the future Apple campus in Texas, at the most recent sign of the close relationship between two of the most powerful men in the United States.
5G networks will offer data speeds of up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks and will serve as key infrastructure for various industries.
Among US firms, Qualcomm Inc is the dominant player in radio chips that help mobile phones connect to networks and Cisco Systems Inc manufactures network equipment.
Mobile operators must upgrade their networks with 5G equipment manufactured by companies such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp of China, Ericsson of Sweden or Nokia Oyj of Finland.
Trump has previously said that the United States seeks to deploy 5G services quickly and plans to cooperate with "like-minded countries" to promote security in next-generation networks.
The United States has been pressuring other countries to not give Huawei access to future 5G networks and argues that the company's Chinese equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage, something the company has repeatedly denied.
Some Apple rivals in the smartphone market, especially Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, have already launched 5G devices, pressing Cupertino, Calif., To do the same. (I)