5G is here.
South Korea’s three mobile carriers and U.S. telco Verizon Communications commercially launched 5G services last week, Reuters has reported.
Both launches were ahead of initial schedules, as they rushed for bragging rights in the race to roll out the latest wireless technology.
SK Telecom and two of its competitors had planned to initially launch 5G in South Korea tomorrow with the 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy S10. They however started offering 5G services at 11 p.m. local time (6PM Gulf Standard Time) on Wednesday.
In the UAE, Etisalat expects to launch 5G services when compatible devices become available in the country in June. A senior executive told the Arab Media Forum last month that Etisalat's 5G network is ready.
Service providers are racing to market 5G, with its potential to spur breakthroughs in fields such as smart cities and autonomous cars.
The technology can offer up to 100-times faster data speeds than 4G, as well as better support for IoT and virtual reality through extremely low latency.
Samsung launched a 5G phone in February - the Galaxy S10 5G, putting the world’s top smartphone maker by volume in pole position in the 5G race.