The road to 5G wireless: A brief history of mobile networks

A look back at the evolution of the way data gets from the Internet into the palm of your hand.
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What a long, strange trip it's been

Even though the technology hasn't been invented yet, the hype around 5G networks has begun to bubble. Given the capabilities we're currently eyeing in the new standard – gigabit speeds, self-configuring networks – it seems incredible that just 20 years ago, mobile data as we know it didn't even exist. Here's a look back at the evolution of cellular networks. (Read the story version.)

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