South Korea becomes first country to launch 5G serivces

The initial launch is part of a 30-city goal for 5G services this year.

LG Electronics plans to release its 5G smartphone in South Korea later this month.

In the same way that 3G enabled widespread mobile web access and 4G made new applications work ranging from social media to Uber, 5G will herald a new level of connectivity, empowered by speed. That includes the development of autonomous driving and the Internet of Things.

The network is expected to rake in some $565 billion in global economic benefits, according to London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.

The implications of the new technology have pitted Washington against Beijing - whose firms dominate 5G technology - in an increasingly bitter standoff. The first thing that we want to cover is the support for 5G technology.

South Korea comes next, with its companies holding 2,051 patents, while U.S. firms have 1,368 together.

The global telecom industry is now debating on how many subscribers will buy 5G from Verizon that will be available on Motorola's Z3 and a Moto Mod.

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"The government and private companies came together to achieve the world's first commercialised 5G services and this proves once again our country is undoubtedly the top powerhouse in information and communications", said You Young-min, South Korean minister for science and information technology.

South Korea claimed to be the first country to launch 5G, but that was disputed by United States carriers like AT&T, which say they rolled out 5G in limited areas as early as a year ago. The US carrier lacks actual 5G phones and can only offer the high-speed services to customers with a Motorola Z3 handset who pay $50 extra for a Snap-on module.

"We held a meeting with the three providers and Samsung to readjust the timing in order to become the world's first country to offer commercial 5G services". "This is the latest in our string of 5G firsts".

The company claimed that with using its self-developed "Total In-building Solution", it could provide in-building data rates that were four times faster than its competitors by utilising the four antennas of a smartphone.

Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs, said in a statement Wednesday that independent testing shows "that we are the fastest wireless network nationwide".

The company showcased virtual reality devices, a pair of augmented reality glasses called Magic Leap One and the hologram-combined artificial intelligence platform NUGU at the shop, all of which will be enabled by its 5G network.

US telco AT&T Inc said it was the first to launch a "commercial and standards-based" 5G network in December 2018.

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