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South Korea is first to launch 5G network and Samsung releases world’s first 5G phone

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the first available smartphone that is 5G ready

5G is an upcoming standard mobile telecommunication service that brings significantly faster speeds than today’s 4G technology. The ‘G’ stands for ‘Generation’. With the introduction of the 5G network, users will experience faster internet to upload or download videos and to use with data-intensive apps. Currently, there are not many countries that offer this service. South Korea is the first country in the world that offer 5G coverage nationwide.

South Korea has launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said on Thursday, in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology.

Three top telecom providers — SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus – began their 5G services at 11 pm local time Wednesday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5.

Source: Geospatial World

The US announced the launching of its 5G service a few hours later through Verizon and began commercial services in Chicago.

Hours later US giant Verizon began commercial services in Chicago and Minneapolis after rival AT&T made a 5G-based system available to selected users in parts of 12 cities in December.


Samsung Electronics released the first 5G phone in the world in South Korea.

Telecom giant Samsung Electronics on Friday released the Galaxy S10 5G, the world’s first available smartphone with built-in fifth-generation communications, as South Korea seeks to build a lead in the transformative technology.


Other phones that may rival Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, are LG V50 ThinQ and Lenovo’s Moto Z3. Both will be launching somewhere next month in South Korea and the US.

Rival manufacturer LG is due to launch its V50 ThinQ, another 5G phone, in the South later this month, while in the US, Verizon’s network works with Lenovo’s Moto Z3 smartphone fitted with a special accessory.


Having the 5G network commercialised will help South Korea in building around the new technology which is important for the future development of devices that will utilise the network. According to the London-based Global System for Mobile, it will bring US$565 billion worth of global economic benefits by 2034.

Commercialising 5G gives South Korea the chance to build around the technology, which is crucial for the future development of devices such as autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things. It is expected to bring about US$565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.


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