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Wireless carriers prepare to fire up 5G networks

Factories, sports fans, medical patients all stand to benefit from speed boost

Visitors from Taiwan use smart glass to get game information at Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido. Watching sports games with smart glass might be popular in future.

TOKYO Wireless carriers are preparing to leap to fifth-generation network technology, providing a speed boost that could change everything from the way we watch sports to how we undergo surgery.

The new technology will enable communications speeds up to 100 times faster than current 4G technology. Global 5G standards could be finalized by the end of this year, and the development of compatible devices is expected to take about a year.

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