Published: Вс, Апреля 07, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

World's first 5G phone released in South Korea

World's first 5G phone released in South Korea

South Korean mobile carriers will distribute 5G smartphones Friday for the official launch of their 5G mobile service in big cities, Seoul and its neighboring province.

Samsung was also launching its top-end Galaxy S10 5G smartphone, after South Korea this week won the global race to commercially launch the world's first nationwide 5G networks.

Irene Kim, the spokeswoman for SK Telecom, stated that the company conducted internal meetings and made a decision to introduce the 5G service prior to the planned date as the customers and networks were ready.

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.

Despite South Korea's claim to have won the battle for 5G bragging rights, Japan's Nikkei business paper said the race may still be too close to call, noting that Verizon's announcement was made at 11am U.S. eastern time, while South Korea's SK said it had switched on its service an hour earlier.

But while the East Asian nation has won the race to be the first to provide the user experience, this is only one part of a wider battle that has pit the United States against China and entrapped giants including Huawei. The ministry got the information that Verizon would move up the launch of its commercial 5G services to April 4. 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.

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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.

"Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands", said Hans Vestberg, Verizon's chairman and chief executive officer.

In South Korea, telcos and smartphone makers are pulling out all stops to market 5G services and devices.

SK Telecom is working with its memory-chip making affiliate SK Hynix to build a highly digitized and connected factory powered by 5G technology, Ryu said.

He added that the company uses advanced technology to block eavesdropping or hacking into 5G networks.

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

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