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5 Emerging Telecommunications Industry Trends To Watch In 2020

From emerging technologies, like 5G and SD-WAN, to M&A activity, here are the five biggest forces that will be making their impact on the telecom market in 2020.

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5G Making Moves  

The fifth-generation of wireless technology, 5G, is gradually working its way onto the telecom scene and promises faster download speeds, very high network reliability and a big impact on daily life for both consumers and businesses, especially as technologies like 5G make brand-new use cases possible, like smart cities and self-driving cars.

Service providers are already building out their 5G networks with plans to ramp up these efforts in 2020. AT&T is currently offering 5G services to mobile customers in parts of 21 cities across the U.S. The carrier's CEO Randall Stephenson in July said that AT&T is on track for nationwide 5G coverage in the first half of 2020. Verizon said by the end of 2019 its service will be live in parts of 30 cities. T-Mobile, for its part, said its 5G network, which is built on the company’s 600 MHz band of spectrum will launch during the first week of December.

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