The South Korea is slated to overshadow the United States and China to come out as the world’s first nation to commercially roll out the 5G technology. The three major wireless telecommunications and internet service providers in South Korea, the SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus will reportedly bring into service the world’s first commercial 5G network services. On Saturday, those three wireless carriers will simultaneously send out the first 5G signals in South Korea.
The 5G technology rollout nearly suffered a hiccups when a blaze outbreak at the Ahyeon branch of one of the trio KT in Seoul, South Korea. The fire incident led to a major network outage and the cancellation of 5G testing sessions and promotional events this week. However, the three South Korean telcos and ISPs have indicated that they will commit to their original plans of deploying the commercial 5G network on time.
It should be worth noting that the 5G deployment isn’t for smartphones as the 5G-equipped mobile devices will roll out in Q1 2019. For December launch, the three wireless carriers plan to deliver 5G services first by using routers – devices that enable connection to WiFi devices. The 5G services for smartphones will be available in March 2019.
5G is a next-generation cellular mobile communications designed to be at least 10 times faster than today’s 4G LTE network, promising downlink speeds of up to 20 Gbps and a response time of less than 0.0001 second.