Both South Korea and US Claim To Be World’s 1st 5G Nation: What Is The Truth?
The next best thing that will create an uproar in the world of telecom is the 5th generation wireless systems, i.e. 5G. All smartphone companies are at war to launch their 5G enabled devices and connections with South Korea and the US fighting for the first position.
While these nations have already launched 5G connection, 5G for India is a distant dream. There was an update which said India and Israel were partnering up to develop 5G Technology. However, as per the Government, 5G technology will arrive in India as late as 2022.
So, between South Korea and the United States, who wins the title of the ‘World’s First 5G Nation’? Read on to know and sort the confusion!
South Korea’s 5G Launch
Three mobile carriers of South Korea launched their 5G connection through events conducted by the company. SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus are south Korea’s three biggest mobile network providers, who will be making their 5G available for the public through Samsung’s Galaxy S10.
As per reports, KT has also declared the pricing plans of their 5G connection, which are almost 60% higher than their 4G plans. The price of the unlimited network plans of 5G is $70 per month, which is probably reasonable given that the 5G network will run 20 times faster than any other previous networks.
The launch of 5G in South Korea was launched on Friday, 5 April 2019, two days before the date originally set for the launch.
Verizon’s Strategic Pre-Launch
The US mobile data provider, Verizon had planned for its launch of 5G on April 11, 2019, which was pushed almost a week back, to April 3, 2019. Verizon launched its 5G network in the areas of Minneapolis and Chicago. The company also plans to launch 5G in more than 30 cities of the US.
Verizon has also made 5G enabled smartphones available to customers, which are Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod. these phones are a combination of smartphones manufactured by Motorola, beating Samsung’s Galaxy S10 to become the first commercial 5G enabled smartphone.
Did Verizon Beat SK Telecom?
Yes. As Verizon launched its 5G data connection on Wednesday and a week before its original date, Verizon is confirmed the clear winner of the ‘World’s First 5G Nation.’ South Korea’s telecom providers did a laudable job of fighting for the title, but Verizon got there first.
It was last October when Verizon has launched its first commercial broadband 5G service and bagged the title long back. Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chairman and CEO, while talking about Verizon’s future plans said, “now we’re lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone.”
The speed of streaming of both the networks is yet to be compared. Which one do you think will be smoother? Share your opinions with us in the comments section!