South Korea to launch world's first national 5G networks

SK Telecom and two smaller carriers had planned to initially launch 5G in South Korea on Friday with Samsung Electronics' new 5G-enabled smartphone Galaxy S10.

They provided the service to selected users, including famous artists, sportsmen and television presenters.

The 5G networks of the three South Korean mobile operators went live at 11 p.m. Wednesday, hours before US carrier Verizon turned on its 5G network in some areas of Minneapolis and Chicago a week ahead of schedule. It provides a chance for South Korean companies to show off their know-how and lay the groundwork to set standards and capture sales in a global 5G services market expected to grow to $123 billion by 2025.

World estimates predict that 5G service will generate incomes by 2035 $3.5 billion Dollars and 22 million jobs worldwide. Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network is the first commercial 5G network in the world that works with a 5G smartphone, said Verizon.

"South Korea is preparing to become the first country in the world, which will launch a super fast mobile Internet 5G", - stated in the message.

But the implications of the new technology have pitted Washington against Beijing in an increasingly bitter standoff. On Wednesday, Verizon of the United States said it launched the world's first 5G service.


The global telecom industry is now debating on how many subscribers will buy 5G from Verizon that will be available on Motorola's Z3 and a Moto Mod.

The US has pressed its allies and major economies to avoid 5G solutions from Chinese-owned telecom giant Huawei, citing security risks that technological backdoors could give Beijing access to 5G-connected utilities and other components.

As we all know, Samsung is a South Korean based hardware manufacturer and therefore, it should come as no surprise that the company's biggest fan base is in South Korea. The service, however, was made available to mobile hotspot devices but is not yet on smartphones.

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

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

Verizon's system will work with Lenovo's Moto Z3 smartphone, while rival U.S. carrier AT&T deployed what it called its 5G E network in 12 cities previous year - although it is slower than other 5G systems and questions have been raised over whether it is fully fifth-generation.


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