FCC Chair: US Has ‘More 4G Subscribers Than the Rest of the World Combined’

November 20, 2012 - 5:59 PM

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

In this file photo made March 12, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is interviewed at his office in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

(CNSNews.com) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday, said the U.S. leads the rest of the world in 4G subscribers, and it is leading the way on apps, a technology invented by U.S. companies.

“The U.S. has today more 4G subscribers than the rest of the world combined, and we’re on a path to maintain that leadership into the future. This is incredibly important, because 4G LTE is the leading platform for next-generation mobile, and mobile will be a leading if not the leading platform for innovation for years to come,” he said.

In the past four years, the percentage of mobile devices with U.S.-made operating systems worldwide has more than doubled, Genachowski said.

“Today, the U.S. is the clearer world leader on mobile innovation. U.S. companies invented the apps economy, and in four years, the percentage of mobile devices globally with U.S.-made operating systems has grown from 20 percent to 80 percent in four years. Around the world, American apps are leading the way,” he said.

Genachowski said the U.S. “has regained global leadership in key areas of the broadband economy” in the past four years and “moved from laggard to leader” in mobile technology.

“Four years ago, people were talking about mobile innovation, but they were talking about mobile innovation in Asia, and they were talking about mobile infrastructure, and they were talking about mobile infrastructure in Europe – then describing the U.S. as a backwater,” he said.

“And on mobile infrastructure, the U.S. is now leading the world in deploying at scale the next generation of wireless broadband networks – 4G, 4GLTE,” Genachowski said.

“This new mobile broadband platform will allow us to enjoy broadband feeds on the go comparable to what we’re used to from our WiFi connections at home,” he said.