It was previously thought that 5G technology wouldn’t be available on a consumer level until some time in 2020, but according to Roger Gurnani, the chief information and technology architect at Verizon, the company plans to begin testing 5G tech in the next 12 months with some sort of consumer roll out happening in 2017.

According to Verizon’s tests, 5G is 30 to 50 times faster than 4G, which outpaces even Google Fiber. Unsurprisingly, 5G requires big bands of spectrum, and 5G phones don’t even seem to be on the company’s radar at this point. Gurnani says they’re focused on testing and accelerating the technology.

2016 is only a few months away, which means that we could have 5G speeds in less than two years. Granted, like Google’s roll out of Fiber, the entire nation won’t get 5G at once. Still, this is an incredibly exciting development and consumers stand to benefit a lot from Verizon and Google’s upcoming high-speed Internet war.

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