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5G in five (not so) easy pieces

Editor’s Note: Tom Wheeler served as the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2013 to 2017. This paper is adapted from a presentation made at the request of the Government Accountability Office. Throughout the world, ink is being spilled and electrons exercised in a frenetic focus on fifth generation wireless technology, or 5G. […]

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Japan plans to create 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers as 5G era nears

The communications ministry plans to create for assignment some 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers starting with the code “020.” With the commercialization of fifth-generation, or 5G, superfast mobile communications fast approaching, 11-digit numbers are expected to run out as early as fiscal 2022. The plan to introduce the new numbers, by the end of 2021 […]