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The 10 Biggest 5G News Stories Of 2020 (So Far)

From the country’s largest carriers building out their 5G networks to intervention from the FCC and the U.S. government, here are ten of the biggest news stories in the 5G world that made the news so far this year.

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 The Network Of The Next Generation

The 5G standard was officially finalized in June 2018 by 3GPP, an international organization that oversees cellular standards, and the race has been on between the country‘s largest carriers to build out reliable, nationwide 5G networks ever since.

The fifth generation of wireless networks, or 5G, promised dramatically faster speeds, instantaneous communication, and the ability to connect everything to the network, so it’s safe to say that 5G has enormous potential. While parts of select cities began to see 5G connectivity last year, 2020 has been the year of more widespread launches and 5G-capable devices that can actually take advantage of the new networks. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this year has been pushing for network build-out progress by making moves that will speed up deployment times across the country, including on protected, historical and tribal lands as more people rely on high-speed network connectivity. Because the nation has largely been working or attending school online so far this year as a result of COVID-19, it goes without saying that the pandemic has also helped push along the progress of 5G.

The topic of 5G hasn’t been immune to politics, however. The United States has been working to block embattled Chinese telecom Huawei’s equipment from being a part of any 5G network, citing security concerns, and the move caught on in other countries so far this year. At the same time, the biggest carriers in the country have been racing to power up more cities with 5G.

Here are ten of the biggest 5G news stories of 2020… so far.

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