South Korea, one of the world’s most technologically advanced country has launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile network on April 3 2019 at 7:30 pm (IST). The previously announced launched date was April 5, but three top telecom providers- SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus began their services two days early.
The country became the first provider of super-fast wireless technology. Kim-Yu-na, an Olympic ice-skating hero and two members of K-pop band EXO became the world’s first 5G smartphone subscriber. For general customers, the services became available from April 5.
South Korea was in a race among with US, China and Japan to claim the title as the first to provide the ultra fast network nationwide. But speculation that US mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early forced South Korean providers to hastily organise a late-night launch, Yonhapnews agency reported.
Hours later of the launch, the U.S. service provider Verizon started its commercial 5G network in two cities Chicago and Minneapolis.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be the world’s first 5G smartphone .Verizon network of US will work with Lenovo’s Moto Z3 smartphone.
Experts say 5G will bring smartphones with rapid connectivity around 20 times faster than 4G. User will be able to download the entire movie in less than a second. The technology is important for the future development of devices such as self-driving vehicles and is expected to bring five-hundred billion dollars in global economic benefits in the near future.
Chinese entities own a total of 3400 patents. South Korea comes next with its companies holding 2051 patents while US firms have 1368 together.
Neither KT nor SK telecom use Chinese owned Huawei technology in their 5G networks but it is reportedly a supplier to LG Uplus.