Korea Wins the Race to Launch Commercial 5G Services by a Whisker

Korea Wins the Race to Launch Commercial 5G Services by a Whisker

Lindsey Duncan
April 7, 2019

South Korea's three mobile carriers and top United States telco Verizon Communications commercially launched 5G services on Wednesday, ahead of their initial schedules, as they rushed for first spot in the race to roll out the latest wireless technology.

South Korea's new service will work on Samsung Electronics' new 5G-enabled smartphone Galaxy S10.

It is expected that more than 3 million South Koreans will switch to 5G by the end of this year.

A spokesperson for the world's Smartphone market leader said there are no sales forecasts for the new phone yet.

LG Electronics will release its 5G smartphone later this month.

The carriers say 5G-enabled smartphones are capable of downloading data 20 times faster than existing 4G devices, which in theory would enable users to download movie files nearly instantly.

Both KT and LG Uplus said they also went live at the same time.

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On Wednesday the South became the first country to launch nationwide 5G services, with three superfast networks going live offering data speeds that allow users to download entire movies in less than a second.

With that said, the special 5G edition of Galaxy S10 has now been made available for purchase in South Korea and unfortunately, we don't know the exact date for when the smartphone is going to arrive in the US, Europe or Asia. "Chicago and Minneapolis are first in the world to 5G mobility".

Officials from carriers such as Deutsche Telekom AG and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. have visited South Korea to check out 5G tests, Yang said.

Ordinary consumers in South Korea, which has one of the world's highest smartphone penetration rates, will be able to connect to 5G services from Friday - the original launch day - when Samsung begins sales of the Galaxy S10 5G, the world's first available smartphone with the technology built in.

Smaller rival KT Corp said it will offer cheaper 5G plans than its LTE service, with unlimited data and four-year instalments to buy 5G devices.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019 file photo, Lee Pil-jae, Vice President at KT Corp., speaks during a press conference on 5G service at its the headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

Around 30 customers were invited to the event, which was also attended by figure skating queen and SKT 5G ambassador Kim Yuna.