South Korea Just Launched World’s First 5G

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South Korea’s three wireless carriers – SK Telecom Co., KT Corp., and LG Uplus Corp. – just launch world’s first commercial services of the fifth-generation network across the country Saturday, providing users super-fast mobile internet speed and unprecedented mobile experience. 

Industry leader SK Telecom said on Thursday that it will provide commercial 5G service to corporate customers in the manufacturing sector starting December 1. 5G service for corporate customers includes a package of mobile router, communications, and solution services. The fees vary for every corporate customer given customized service.

Samsung previously said it would have 5G hardware available to the carriers so they could begin initial 5G transmissions in December, with full commercialization in March 2019. But the carriers appear to have sped up the process, or at least their marketing of the limited initial test transmissions, to make a more serious impact.

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By Lee Sun-hee and Lee Eun-joo

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