History and Timeline

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How we got to where we are today
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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 technology company delivering the promise of the digital world to millions of customers every day.

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Get the inside story of Verizon’s history

Read a first-person account of Verizon’s history, from its founding to today. Verizon Untethered is the story of Verizon as told by Ivan Seidenberg, our former chairman and CEO. In the book, Ivan also shares valuable lessons and insights from his decades-long career as a visionary business leader.

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Former chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg with SVP-Talent & Diversity Magda Yrizarry.

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

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November |
2018
Network Innovations
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Verizon and its technology partners complete the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone over a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network. Tests include browsing the internet and placing a video call over the 5G connection.

November |
2018
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Verizon outlines plans to transform Boston into one of the most technologically advanced cities in the nation by expanding its fiber-optic network citywide, installing small cells and collaborating on Smart Communities solutions.

October |
2018
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In a consumer first, Verizon launches 5G Home, the first commercial 5G service. The 5G broadband internet service debuts in Sacramento, CA and soon becomes available in Houston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.

September |
2018
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Verizon and partners successfully demonstrate a consumer 5G wireless experience by completing the first end-to-end call with a smartphone-like test device on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network.

September |
2018
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Working with Nokia, Verizon completes the first over-the-air, end-to-end data transmission on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network. It's a major milestone to making mobile 5G service a reality.

August |
2018
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Verizon and Nokia achieve the first successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle. The test took place at Nokia’s campus in Murray Hill, NJ.

July |
2018
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Verizon announces plans to bring 5G to Houston, TX. This next-generation technology has the potential to radically change the way the city's citizens live, work, learn and play.

June |
2018
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To lead Verizon into the 5G future, the board of directors names Hans Vestberg CEO, effective August 1. Vestberg previously served as Verizon's Executive Vice President and President of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer.

June |
2018
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Lowell McAdam announces his retirement after seven years as CEO. Key initiatives during his tenure include the acquisition of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless, Verizon's expansion into telematics and the creation of Oath.

June |
2018
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Verizon and Nokia conduct the first successful outdoor test of a 5G connection using 3GPP New Radio (NR) standards, a major milestone in 5G development. Using multi-carrier aggregation, they are also first to boost those signals above 1 Gbps.

June |
2018
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Inspired by their vision and leadership, Verizon honors these people, organizations and companies who are building the future through technological innovation, doing more new and more good in the world. 

June |
2018
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Verizon and San Jose partner to transform the city into a state-of-the-art, digitally connected community. Verizon's plans include: deploying fiber, installing small cells and investing in the city's Digital Inclusion Fund.

June |
2018
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Verizon's Threat Intelligence Platform Service enables companies to better hunt and confront cyber threats. The service combines unparalleled cyber-threat intelligence with cyber-situational awareness.

June |
2018
History & Heritage
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Former CEO Ivan Seidenberg provides an insider's view of Verizon's history in his book, Verizon Untethered.

May |
2018
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Verizon and its partners are first to test 4G LTE technology over CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum in a live environment. This shared spectrum, newly made available, will add even more capacity to Verizon's 4G LTE network.

May |
2018
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Moving ahead with its plans for an incremental rollout of 5G, Verizon chooses Los Angeles to become one of the first cities in America to experience this transformational technology.

May |
2018
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Verizon introduces ThingSpace Ready, a program that alleviates hurdles by making it easier for developers to acquire more affordable cellular modules, IoT SIMs and hardware design services.

April |
2018
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Envrmnt, Verizon's XR (Extended Reality) organization, creates a simple-to-use, web-based tool to help creative and non-technical users build powerful augmented reality (AR) experiences.

April |
2018
History of Giving
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Verizon doubles its pledge to its Innovative Learning program, which will provide immersive technology, teacher training, STEM curricula and connectivity to 5 million under-resourced students over 5 years.

March |
2018
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Verizon Telematics, Fleetmatics and Telogis are combined into a new connected vehicle division: Verizon Connect. The new business offers a one-stop approach to software solutions and services for fleet and mobile workforce customers.

March |
2018
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Verizon and Colt demonstrate two-way inter carrier Software Defined Network (SDN) network orchestration for the first time anywhere in the world. It's a key step in enabling real-time cross-carrier automation.

February |
2018
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Verizon is the first provider to conduct a call on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system using licensed millimeter wave spectrum. It’s an important step in preparing Verizon’s wireless network for the commercial launch of 5G.

February |
2018
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Verizon and KT conduct the first-ever pre-commercial 5G video call on two fully functioning prototype 5G tablets. The companies' CEOs complete the call between Minneapolis, MN and Seoul, Korea.

January |
2018
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Verizon achieves an industry first with the completion of a field trial delivering 400 Gbps Ethernet traffic on a single wavelength over its network. This trial paves the way for the development of 400 Gpbs technology.

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At Verizon, we’ve been building and advancing digital infrastructure and solutions for decades. Building a more connected community for all is what we do best.

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