Verizon CTO claims his network will be the first to launch 5G

Hans Vestberg, CTO of Verizon, claims his network will be the first to launch 5G in the United States.

Vestberg made the comment during a panel on 5G at CES. When asked is there was a race between the major operators to launch 5G, Vestberg was confident that Verizon would be first to launch regardless of competition.

“It’s a great opportunity when 5G is coming into the market right now and we have already announced that later this year we are going to have the first lights on 5G,” Vestberg said.

Ahead of their rollouts, many of the major operators have been generating hype around 5G and who will offer the first — or best — service.

Just last week Telecoms reported on comments made by T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

In his usual fashion, Legere promised T-Mobile would leapfrog its “dumb and dumber” rivals with 5G — presumably referring to AT&T and Verizon.

“While Dumb and Dumber focus on 5G hotspots that won’t work when you leave your home, we will be the only ones on the fast-track toward a real, mobile nationwide 5G network in 2020 – and have already started deploying 5G ready equipment,” says Legere. “This is such a BFD [Big Freakin’ Deal] – we’re leapfrogging the duopoly like they’re standing still.”

Less words, more action.

What network do you think will be the first to launch 5G in the US? Let us know in the comments.

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