South Korea’s telecommunications carriers initiated 5G mobile internet networks ahead of the earlier scheduled date.
Yonhap news agency reported that there were speculations that US mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early. This forced South Korean providers to hastily organise a late-night launch so as to stay ahead of Verizon as the World’s first provider of 5G network.
The carriers’ 5G networks went live at 11 p.m. local time Wednesday, about two hours before U.S. carrier Verizon turned on its 5G network in some areas of Minneapolis and Chicago a week ahead of schedule.
Presently, 5G services are initially available only to brand promoters, which includes figure skating superstar Yuna Kim, who SK Telecom announced as one of its “first customers.
Regular customers will be able to sign up for 5G services starting on Friday.
Carriers say 5G will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity—20 times faster than 4G—allowing users to download entire movies in a split second