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South Korean, US telecoms deploy 5G services at early stages of the race



  People are photographed during the ceremony of launching 5G SK Telecom in Seoul
People are photographed during the launch ceremony of 5G SK Telecom, in Seoul, South Korea on April 3, 2019. REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji

April 4, 2019

Ju-min Park and Kenneth Li

SEOUL (Reuters) – Three mobile operators in South Korea and leading American telecommunications company Verizon Communications have commercially launched 5G services on Wednesday ahead of its initial schedules

SK Telecom and two small carriers planned to launch 5G first in South Korea on Friday with Samsung 5G's new Samsung Galaxy S1

0 smartphone.

Verizon was to deploy technology in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11th and said last month customers could use 5G on Motorola Z3 and Moto Mod, a physical magnetic attachment for the phone

Countri Including South Korea, United The states, China and Japan compete on the 5G market, hoping that technology will spur breakthroughs in areas such as smart cities and autonomous cars.

Technology can offer a 20x data rate than 4G Term Evolution (LTE) networks and better support for artificial intelligence and virtual reality with low latency.

Sometimes she can offer 100 times more speed.

South Korea said it became the first country to launch the 5G, but it was challenged by US carriers who say they released 5G in limited areas as early as last year.

United States AT & T Inc. announced that it was launching the "commercial and standardized" 5G network first in December 2018. The service, however, was available for mobile hotspot, but not yet on phones.

Representative SK Telecom Irene Kim told Reuters that the company had internal discussions and decided to launch the 5G service at an early stage when the company with its network and its customers.

South Korean carriers began offering 5G services at 11:00 local time (1400 GMT) on Wednesday.

FANFARE

In South Korea telecommunication companies and smartphone makers take out all the stops to launch 5G services and devices.

On Wednesday, SK Telecom showed K-pop star and golden Olympic prize winner as the first 5G customer.

The company said it has been working with its SK Hynix company that manufactures memory chips to build a 5G high-tech digital connector factory.

A smaller competitor, KT Corp, said it will offer cheaper 5G plans than its LTE with unlimited data and four year payments to purchase 5G devices.

Samsung first unveiled a 5G phone in February when it unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G and a smartphone consisting of almost $ 2,000 and became the world's largest smartphone maker

LG Electronics Inc. plans to release its 5G smartphone in South Korea at the end of it a month

Security Security

Although the security problems of 5G networks use telecommunication equipment manufactured by China, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has overshadowed the accumulation of these services, South Korean telecommunications operators have tried to destroy them.

"I do not think that we have a security issue in South Korea," said Jin-Hee Park, the head of the information and communication technology center SK Telecom told reporters.

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

Among the three South Korean operators, SK Telecom and KT Corp do not use Huawei's 5G equipment. The smaller supplier of LG Uplus Corp uses the Huawei device

But representatives of SK Telecom reported that there would likely be an auction for network equipment manufacturers, including Huawei, if South Korea needed more base stations for higher frequencies. The country has one of the leading world indicators of penetration of smartphones.

(Report Ju-min Park in Seoul and Kenneth Lee in New York; editing by Diane Craft, Sayantani Ghosh and Himani Sarkar)


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