5G race heats up between USA and South Korea

5G race heats up between USA and South Korea

5G race heats up between USA and South Korea

KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus will all switch on their 5G networks this Friday, making South Korea the first country in the world with widespread 5G service availability.

Samsung was the first to unwrap a 5G phone in February when it unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G and a almost $2,000 folding smartphone, putting the world's top smartphone maker by volume in pole position in the 5G race, some analysts say.

Hyper-wired South Korea has for long had a reputation for technical prowess and Seoul has made the 5G rollout a priority as it seeks to revive shattering economic growth. Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network is the first commercial 5G network in the world that works with a 5G smartphone, said Verizon.

The 5G mobile networks will bring smartphones near- instant connectivity, 20 times faster than the existing 4G that is allowing users to download entire movies in less than a second. KT and LG Uplus also announced that their services were activated at the same time.

The launch was announced for Friday and even preceded that of USA carrier Verizon, which also began on Wednesday to commercialize 5G service in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Countries including South Korea, United States, China and Japan are racing to market 5G, hoping the technology will spur breakthrough in fields such as smart cities and autonomous cars.

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The launch was reportedly brought forward by two days, as speculation mounted that U.S. mobile carrier Verizon planned to launch its own service ahead of schedule and claim the title of the world's first 5G provider. It started the services a week before the scheduled date.

The claim to be first in the world to launch seems to have been taken far too seriously.

Participants wear VR devices for an audio-visual experience during a media showcase for 5G service of SK Telecom in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Qatari firm Ooredoo says it offers 5G services in and around Doha - but does not have devices available to use them. The signs read: "Play with the world with KT 5G".

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

"The government and those in the telecommunication industry including the three mobile carriers and smartphone manufacturers agreed that the launch of commercial 5G services should not be delayed any longer and chose to launch them in a blitz on April 3", Yu said.

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