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5G networks

Verizon kicks off world's first 5G, beating South Korea to the punch

Launch a week ahead of schedule as three Korean carriers turn on network Friday

Verizon on Wednesday turned on its 5G service in select areas in Chicago and Minneapolis a week ahead of schedule.

NEW YORK -- Verizon on Wednesday started its fifth-generation wireless network in areas of Minneapolis and Chicago ahead of schedule, snatching the "world's first commercial 5G mobile service" status from South Korea, where three leading carriers will begin service Friday.

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