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

Gina Narcisi

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.

Verizon's High-Band 5G Strategy Slumps In NYC

Verizon, the first carrier in the U.S. to launch its 5G network in 2019, came under scrutiny for its strategy early on because it uses only millimeter wave technology, which it developed before 5G was standardized. Millimeter wave, or high-band spectrum, boasts very high speeds but over a limited distance. This spectrum is used most often in dense, urban environments.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier‘s speedy 5G service is now live parts of 35 U.S. cities. Verizon, which typically ranks top of its class in third-party surveys for reliability and speed, fell behind all three of its competitors -- AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile -- in a recent Spring 2020 report by RootMetrics for median 5G download speeds in Manhattan, N.Y.

 
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Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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