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5G is the next big idea by 2020

by Reuters
An employee holds up a new Galaxy S6 Edge (left) and a Galaxy S6 smartphone device following their launch at a Samsung Electronics news conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. — Bloomberg News
Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G

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