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At the recent CTIA, Verizon Wireless announced an aggressive timeline to deploy 5G. The timeline is so aggressive that the operator will actually be ahead of actual 5G standardization.


  • Verizon Wireless says it will start providing services based on 5G in 2017. That is three years before the official standard is expected to be complete.

Features and Benefits

  • Get a better understanding of why Verizon's 5G may not actually be 5G.
  • Learn how hyping 5G can lead to confusion.

Key questions answered

  • Who are some of Verizon Wireless's 5G vendor partners?
  • Why is Verizon Wireless announcing its 5G timeline?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Verizon Wireless’s 5G aggressiveness gives it a chance to influence the standard
  • A standard that isn’t standardized is really just proprietary
  • As always, the mobile community isn’t afraid to sacrifice market confusion on the altar of marketing


  • Further reading
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