The United States is losing ground in the race to be the first to 5G.

Recently, Deloitte released a new paper that examines how the United States compares to other countries with regard to 5G network development and deployment. The verdict? The United States has a lot of catching up to do.

The world’s economy is at another pivotal moment where wireless connectivity enabled by 5G deployment will be a catalyst for growth. The chart below shows how the United States has just 4.7 sites compared to Japan’s 17.4 per 10,000 people.

There are a range of actions and policies that may help overcome deployment challenges and enable rapid and extensive 5G deployment. A light-touch policy framework that urges carriers and their ecosystem partners to negotiate solutions without government intervention will encourage carriers to operate at greater scale and economic efficiency.

Country Comparison — Wireless sites per 10,000 people

Source: 5G: The chance to lead for a decade