Huawei and the 5G revolution: South Korean telcos make early strides

A 5G-equipped bus belonging to KT Corporation going around Seoul city to promote what 5G is capable of, like showing VR seamlessly.
A 5G-equipped bus belonging to KT Corporation going around Seoul city to promote what 5G is capable of, like showing VR seamlessly.PHOTO: KT CORPORATION

Last December, South Korea's three major telcos - SK Telecom, KT Corporation and LG Uplus - started offering what they claimed to be the world's first commercialised 5G service in Seoul and six other major cities, including Busan and Daejeon.

But 5G - offering 20 times faster data transmission speed than the current 4G LTE network and better support for artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality - does not benefit the public yet, as there are currently no 5G-enabled consumer devices available in the market.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'South Korean telcos make early strides'. Print Edition | Subscribe