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The world is only going forward,
and we're happy to lead the way.

How we got to where we are today.

Verizon Communications was created on June 30, 2000 by Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp., in one of the largest mergers in U.S. business history. GTE and Bell Atlantic evolved and grew through decades of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Today, Verizon is a global communications technology company delivering the promise of the digital world to millions of customers every day.

Explore our milestones
and see how it all began.

Use the category and year filters to see how Verizon evolved into a technology leader or view our corporate history (pdf).

 

December |
2019
Network Innovations
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Verizon will use AWS Wavelength to provide developers the ability to deploy applications that require ultra-low latency to mobile devices using 5G.

December |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network has the potential to provide other benefits to these stadiums beyond enhancing the NFL fan experience.

December |
2019
New Products & Services
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In 2019, Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service was launched in 31 US cities, 15 NFL stadiums and four indoor arenas. 

October |
2019
Network Innovations
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Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is live at Corning’s Hickory, NC factory where the companies are working together to build the 5G factory of the future.

October |
2019
New Products & Services
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5G Home Internet expands to Chicago, making it the fifth city to enjoy the wireless broadband 5G service. 

July |
2019
Network Innovations
Woman in city

Verizon continues to lead the world in 5G deployment. It was the first in the world to offer commercial 5G service, with the launch of 5G Home, and the first company in the world to offer customers a commercially-available 5G network

July |
2019
Corporate
Verizon's San Jose Campus

The amenity-rich San Jose Coleman Highline Campus will be part of a larger mixed use development with hotel, retail and housing, as well as other spaces centered on communal gatherings and collaboration. 

July |
2019
Network Innovations
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In a live trial, Verizon and Ericsson showcase the first container- based wireless EPC (Evolved Packet Core) technology deployment in a live network in the world. 

July |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon launches Virtual Network Services (VNS) – Wide Area Network (WAN) Optimization with ONEx, a first-of-its-kind network optimization solution boosts global enterprise data transmission. 

June |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon Media’s leading business and financial news site launches its subscription offering for retail investors, Yahoo Finance Premium.

June |
2019
Network Innovations
Denver

Businesses and consumers in those cities access Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network with one of four 5G-enabled smartphones. 

June |
2019
New Products & Services
Samsung 5g Smartphone

In addition to offering Samsung’s 1st smartphone in the US, businesses and consumers in 20+ cities will be able to access Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service.  

April |
2019
Network Innovations
5G Ultra Wideband Logo

In another 5G first, Verizon turns on its 5G Ultra Wideband network in select areas of Minneapolis and Chicago on April 3, providing the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone.

April |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon announces that the company will go carbon neutral by 2035, further strengthening its commitment to sustainability months after the launch of its $1 billion Green Bond.

April |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon introduces Just Kids, the first plan from a major wireless provider designed to meet the needs of both parents and kids. Kids can get the smartphone they’ve been clamoring for while parental controls help give parents peace of mind.

April |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon kicks off a nationwide search for innovative products, services and applications that will bring the true power of 5G to life. Winning teams will share over $1 million in prizes.

April |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon and the City of San Diego announce a multi-million-dollar agreement that will accelerate the deployment of small cells to enhance wireless capacity and services. The agreement also lays the groundwork for future 5G technology.

April |
2019
Network Innovations
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Verizon unveils the names of 20 more U.S. cities that will get 5G Ultra Wideband service in 2019. From Atlanta to San Diego and Detroit to Dallas, customers in select areas of these cities will be able to experience incredible 5G speeds.

April |
2019
New Products & Services
Yahoo News Logo

The Yahoo News XR Partner program will transform Yahoo News into the world’s first and largest aggregator of premium content and immersive journalism. Yahoo News will distribute, measure and monetize XR content created through the program.

April |
2019
Network Innovations
Chicago

Customers in Chicago and. Minneapolis are first in the world to get 5G-enabled smartphones connected to a 5G network

March |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon announces the 5G First Responder Lab, a first-of-its-kind innovation incubator to help companies develop, test and refine 5G solutions for public safety applications.

March |
2019
Mergers & Acquisitions
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Verizon closed its acquisition of ProtectWise, Inc., which provides cloud-delivered Network Detection and Response.

February |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon closes on the industry's first Green Bond. Net proceeds of the $1 billion offering will fund green investments in categories such as renewable energy, green buildings and sustainable water management.

First to 5G.
First to tomorrow.

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