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Verizon will align with 3GPP next year, as its 5G path diverges from AT&T’s

Verizon says it is on track to migrate from its pre-standard ‘5G’ radio specifications to full 3GPP compliance, but has no plans to attempt 5G mobility when it makes its first deployments in 2018. The US operator has been trialling 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) and plans to offer commercial services in some areas from next year, as does AT&T. The two rivals took contrasting approaches to getting ahead of the curve with 5G. Verizon worked with a group of vendors (its5G Technology Forum, which includes Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung) to define specs to enable it to deploy before standards were finalized, while AT&T used its influence and partners to push 3GPP into fast-tracking a subset of its…

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