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Telefonica not planning 5G commercial launch before 2020

Telefonica said carriers launching the technology before that year will probably need to update software and equipment

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica is unlikely to announce the commercial launch of 5G services prior to 2020 since any equipment used would have to be changed and the operator would be unable to negotiate prices, Spanish press reported the company’s network and IT infrastructure strategy director Javier Gutierrez as saying

“If someone starts deploying 5G next year, they will have to do so via pre-commercial technology that will surely need to be updated at a software level and will also probably to change equipment later level,” news agency EFE quoted Gutierrez as saying.

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