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Mobile World Congress Day 4: Toby Redshaw: building the 5G ecosystem with the potential to change peoples’ lives

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This is the fourth and last in a series of posts from Verizon Network leaders at Mobile World Congress. You can see Ed Chan’s story here

Toby Redshaw
By Toby Redshaw, SVP, Tech Strategy and Innovation
Mobile World Congress 2018 may be winding down, but there is still plenty of activity happening at Fira Barcelona Gran Via. This place covers an area larger than 60 football fields and it’s jam packed with 5G.
The last four days in Barcelona have been filled with a series of very productive meetings, presentations, and discussions focused on building on the progress we’ve made with our 5G and other technology deployments, and ensuring those deployments continue to move forward. 
When you walk through the MWC18 exhibition halls and see some of the tremendously creative and forward-thinking products, services and applications on display – and you talk to the people behind them – you feel inspired and confident that the ecosystem we’re building together has the potential to change peoples’ lives.
Verizon has committed to being first to market in the U.S. with both fixed and mobile 5G service. We have the spectrum, we have the resources, and we have the technical expertise to make that happen. But still, we can’t do it alone. 
A big part of my job is bringing together other technology experts and building partnerships to help us make true 5G service a reality for our customers.
Everyone we’ve met with in Barcelona shares our commitment to building the very best next-generation 5G network and developing the products and services that will run on it. Together, we’re creating the gravitational pull to make 5G real, to spread it across many verticals, and to make it a really disruptive force in the best sense of that word. I think after Mobile World Congress, the one question everyone in our industry will be asking each other is: “What are you doing with 5G?”
That’s what I’m taking home from Mobile World Congress: a sense of excitement for what lays ahead. And it’s just the beginning.
Thank you for following our updates from Mobile World Congress and keep coming back for more news on Verizon’s rollout of 5G technology.
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