World's first 5G phone released in South Korea

S. Korea launches 5G networks 2 days earlier than announced to beat US, China

Samsung was the first to unwrap a 5G phone in February when it unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G and a almost $2,000 folding smartphone, putting the world's top smartphone maker by volume in pole position in the 5G race, some analysts say.

The new network is predicted to drive technologies such as self-driving cars, augmented reality, VR and "smart cities", where sensors help cities to monitor everything from pollution to traffic.

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.

According to sources familiar with the development, SK Telecom and 2 smaller operators had initially planned to launch 5G technology in South Korea on Friday in consort with Samsung Electronics' new 5G product Galaxy S10. "By the end of this year, we will have installed a total of 70,000 units of 5G base stations, which practically means we have created and tested usable 5G network ", said Park Jung-Ho, CEO of SK Telecom.

With that said, the special 5G edition of Galaxy S10 has now been made available for purchase in South Korea and unfortunately, we don't know the exact date for when the smartphone is going to arrive in the US, Europe or Asia.

South Korea's top telecom companies SK Telecom, KT and LG U plus launched 5G services at 11 pm local time on Wednesday.

That makes it a vital part of the infrastructure of tomorrow, and the 5G standard is expected to bring about US$565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.

But according to Yonhap, the South Korean launches came two hours earlier, at 11pm (10pm Singapore time) on Wednesday. Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network is the first commercial 5G network in the world that works with a 5G smartphone, said Verizon.

The implications of the new technology have pitted Washington against Beijing - whose firms dominate 5G technology - in an increasingly bitter standoff.

US telecom operator AT&T Incorporation stated that it was the first to debut a standards-based and commercial 5G service in Dec 2018.

The telecoms have been in a fierce fight with their United States rivals. KT and LG Uplus also announced that their services were activated at the same time.

Verizon is offering unlimited 5G data for an additional price of $10 per month to post-paid customers with any Verizon unlimited plan.

The S10 5G's screen is great for videos and games and the phone packs readily available 5G networks.

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