Seoul : World’s first nationwide 5G mobile network launched by South Korea, its top mobile carriers said, in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology.
Three top telecom providers—SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus—began their 5G services at 11 pm local time on Wednesday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5.
Hyper-wired South Korea has long had a reputation for technical prowess, and Seoul had made the 5G roll out a priority as it seeks to stimulate stuttering economic growth.
But speculation that U.S. mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early forced South Korean providers to hastily organize a late-night launch, media reported.
In the event, Verizon began rolling out its 5G services in Chicago and Minneapolis on Wednesday U.S. time, a week ahead of schedule. But according to Yonhap, the South Korean launches came two hours earlier.
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