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Verizon announces 5G customer trials as mmWave fever spreads to UK

AT&T and other operators may be trying to fast-track first-wave 5G standards (see separate item), but Verizon is still set to be the world’s first ‘5G’ carrier – even if it will resort to pre-standard, semi-proprietary platforms and fixed wireless services. In 4G, Verizon was the second MNO in the world to offer commercial LTE, narrowly pipped to the post by TeliaSonera, but it did it with fully standardized, and mobile, systems. But 5G will be different – not necessarily a technology for a full wide area upgrade, but more probably a way to augment 4G and support specialized locations or use cases with particularly demanding requirements. One of these use cases, both the US leaders believe, will be fixed…

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