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EU, South Korea join forces for faster mobile service

Published on Jun 16, 2014 11:29 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union on Monday said it was teaming up with South Korea to develop a next-generation 5G wireless service quick enough to download full-length movies to a smartphone in seconds.

The deal is a big one for the EU, which was a leader in the early days of mobile technology but has trailed Asia and North America since the rise of the smartphone in providing the most up-to-date services.

5G technology - set to be 1,000 times faster than the 4G services currently available - is in the early stages of development, but governments and technology giants are pouring billions into it so as not to be left behind.

By tying up with the South Koreans, the EU hopes to restore its onetime standing and not suffer from the fragmentation that has hampered the rollout of 4G technology across the 28-nation bloc.

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