South Korea gets 5G head start as US, China spar over Huawei

South Korea gets 5G head start as US, China spar over Huawei

South Korea gets 5G head start as US, China spar over Huawei

South Korea's top three cellular carriers have launched the world's first nationwide 5G mobile networks that will herald a new level of fast connectivity.

However, speculation that USA mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early forced South Korean providers to hastily organise a late-night launch, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The country initially planned to commercialise the next-generation wireless network on Friday, but jumped the gun largely in reaction to the move by the United States' Verizon to move up its 5G launch date.

5G will allow users to download movies in less than a second.

World estimates predict that 5G service will generate incomes by 2035 $3.5 billion Dollars and 22 million jobs worldwide.

South Korea's largest telecom company SK Telecom has announced on Thursday that it started its 5G service on April 3 at 11 a.m. KT and LG U plus also said that at this time they also started their 5G services.

The technology is crucial for the future development of devices such as self-driving vehicles and is expected to bring about $565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.

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The only device available at launch will be the Samsung S10 5G phone.

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

On Wednesday, SK Telecom showed off K-pop stars and an Olympic gold medallist as its first 5G customers.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019 file photo, an employee of KT Corp. demonstrates with a 5G services available on smarpthone during a press conference on 5G service at its the headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

While security concerns over 5G networks using telecom equipment made by China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd have marred the buildup to the release of these services, South Korean telcos have tried to shrug them off. 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.

Another user said he was most excited about virtual reality content - which includes games and even "celebrity VR dating" apps according to the country's mobile carriers.

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