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Verizon rejects cable in favor of content, which could scupper its 5G ambitions

If one thing is clear about 5G, it is that it will be a wireline as well as a wireless platform. Its base standards may be taking shape in the 3GPP, the bastion of mobile industry power. But in reality it will hasten the death of the mobile-only operator which was such a star of the telco industry in the first decade of this century. 5G will as wireline as it is wireless – it will rely on high quality fiber to support dense networks and Cloud-RANs; in its fixed form it may fill gaps in wireline broadband deployments. More importantly, the enforced convergence of wireline and wireless links in 5G will enhance business model changes which are already under…

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