A timeline of 5G development: From 1979 to Now

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5G is expected to have a transformative effect on digital connectivity and power the rise of IoT devices, driverless cars, data transfer and the consumer tech of the future. It's expected to launch in the UK in 2019, but could yet be delayed due to concerns over the use of equipment supplied by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Here's our history of the development of the mobile wireless standard, from the 1979 launch of 1G in Japan to the impending launch of 5G in the UK.

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