Millimeter wave expert Rappaport encouraged by U.S. operators' 5G tests

Verizon's purchase of XO shows '5G is coming faster' than most think

Just a year ago, NYU Wireless was concerned the U.S. was falling behind in the global race to 5G. Fast forward a year and a few weeks, throw in a few dozen announcements leading up to and at Mobile World Congress 2016, and things are looking much better for the U.S.

It doesn't hurt that just this week, Verizon announced it will buy XO Communications' fiber optic network business and use its 29 GHz and 39 GHz spectrum for 5G tests. So what does one of the industry's most renowned researchers think of the situation? 

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