The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 dismantled the monopoly that AT&T had on phone services. Photo: AFP The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 dismantled the monopoly that AT&T had on phone services. Photo: AFP
The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 dismantled the monopoly that AT&T had on phone services. Photo: AFP

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How US went from telecoms leader to 5G also-ran without challenger to China’s Huawei

  • Verizon and Sprint chose the CDMA mobile standard, developed by US firm Qualcomm, which operated on different frequencies than GSM, adopted by Europe
  • After the initial boom in the mobile industry following deregulation, the US telecommunications industry began to decline from 2001

Topic |   US-China tech war
The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 dismantled the monopoly that AT&T had on phone services. Photo: AFP The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 dismantled the monopoly that AT&T had on phone services. Photo: AFP
The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 dismantled the monopoly that AT&T had on phone services. Photo: AFP
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