History and Timeline

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Intro - History & 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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Intro - History & Timeline Tool

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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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June |
2018
Corporate
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.