The Verge summarizes the plans and activities of key telecom carriers and hardware vendors on the forthcoming availability of 5G networks in the USA, and 5G phones across the world.
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are all busy preparing 5G networks in several cities, regions, or even nationwide during 2018 and 2019. Next to the areas they plan to cover, their efforts vary in terms of delivering fixed versus mobile 5G services, as well as the bands of spectrum they will use for 5G (sub 6 GHz versus mmWave).
On the hardware front, 5G phones will need chipsets and modems that comply with the 3GPP’s standards. Qualcomm and Intel are up-front in this race with products being designed-in by large phone and notebook OEMs. Yet Samsung and Huawei have their own chip solutions waiting in the wings. The first 5G phones will most probably appear during 2019 with offerings from Motorola, Samsung, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi.

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