Telecoms Race to Bring in 5G Phone Service

by Linda Olson April 7, 2019, 0:26
Telecoms Race to Bring in 5G Phone Service

Three mobile carriers - SK Telecom Co, KT Corp and LG Uplus Corp - started official registration of Samsung's smartphone, Yonhap news agency reported.

The technology can offer 20-times faster data speeds than 4G long-term evolution (LTE) networks and better support for artificial intelligence and virtual reality with low latency.

Commercializing 5G also gives Asia's fourth-largest economy the opportunity to build around the technology, which promises speeds dozens of times faster than earlier generations. Ordinary consumers in South Korea will be able to connect to 5G services starting tomorrow, when Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G, the first smartphone with built-in 5G, goes on sale.

But South Korea's government says Korean companies launched their services for some customers before Verizon.

SK Telecom spokeswoman Irene Kim said the company had internal discussions and chose to launch the 5G service early as the company had networks and customers ready.

South Korea's biggest service provider, SK Telecom, said in a press release that it activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11 pm April 3 2019.

In Japan, 5G is expected to become available in some parts of the country in the summer at the earliest.

It has a total of 27 million users.

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A KT technician checks an antenna for the 5G mobile network service in Seoul. 5G Galaxy S10 is currently available only in South Korea, at least for now.

But the implications of the new technology have pitted Washington against Beijing in an increasingly bitter standoff.

Huawei, the global leader, has registered 1,529 5G patents, according to data analysis firm IPlytics. However, the phone is likely going to be very expensive (over $1,200 United States dollars in South Korea) and it's also hard to hold in one hand.

The S10 5G's screen is great for videos and games and the phone packs readily available 5G networks.

LG Uplus had a pre-ceremonial event Thursday night, inviting around 50 customers who were selected to experience the company's 5G services.

South Korean carriers have spent billions on campaigns marketing 5G and, on Wednesday, SK Telecom showed off K-pop stars and an Olympic gold medallist as its first 5G customers.

"As we have been ahead of other countries in the 5G era, we will mobilize national capabilities to be reborn as the world's strongest 5G powerhouse", Yoo said.

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