South Korea's initial plan to roll out 5G networks in March -- and become first country to do so -- will now likely face delays as industry players are not ready to meet the schedule. It's a capital improvement project the size of the entire planet, replacing one wireless architecture created this century with another one that aims to lower energy consumption and maintenance costs. Jun Sung-bae, the director of planning at the Ministry of Science and ICT, said in a press briefing that the country only wanted to roll out 5G networks when "quality was assured", and that it did not have to commence deployment by the end of the month. He also added that commercialisation may not occur in March. The embarrassing possibility of delays comes after Minister You Young Min had told reporters at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that 5G networks would be rolled out on the last week of March.
The upcoming Galaxy S10 5G smartphone will have data transfer speeds of up to 2.7Gbps in South Korea, SK Telecom said. The telco said it successfully tested the aggregation of its 5G and 4G LTE networks. It combined 5G's 1.5Gbps transfer speed and LTE's 1.15Gbps to achieve 2.65Gbps, but this will increase to 2.7Gbps within the first half of the year after Galaxy S10 5G is commercialised. A 2GB movie file can be downloaded within 6 seconds with these speeds, the telco said. SK Telecom, however, did not say when the Samsung device would be launched.
South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom has launched its 5G Mobile Edge Computing Open Platform, which it will open up to third-party developers and enterprise customers. SK Telecom will also provide open APIs on its MEC platform so that companies can develop their own edge computing 5G services. "Enterprise customers can improve customers' quality of experience by connecting their service server or data centre to SK Telecom's MEC platform," SK Telecom said. "For instance, through the application of MEC, a smart factory can enhance the response time of robots that run on 5G network." Read also: SK Telecom says Galaxy S10 5G will have 2.7Gbps top speed in South Korea SK Telecom said it is already in talks with Pokemon Go developer Niantic on using 5G MEC, as well as with cloud gaming companies, virtual reality services companies, and cloud providers.
It's a capital improvement project the size of the entire planet, replacing one wireless architecture created this century with another one that aims to lower energy consumption and maintenance costs. South Korean telco KT has launched a 5G data plan that offers unlimited data with no speed cap as the country prepares for the rollout of the next-generation network on Friday. The mobile carrier dubbed its price plans for 5G as KT 5G Super Plans, which come in basic, special, and premium packages. All three tiers offer unlimited data on 5G without a speed cap and data roaming in 185 countries. Previously, with 4G LTE, telcos had offered so-called "unlimited" data plans that capped data speeds once consumers used a set amount of data.
SK Telecom is boosting its LTE network ahead of the roll out of 5G. SK Telecom has rolled out 1.2Gbps LTE with the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S10 in South Korea, the telco announced. SK Telecom said the new speed will allow a HD 2GB movie to be downloaded in 13 seconds and is 16 times faster than LTE speeds when it was first rolled out in 2011. It achieved the speed through the application of 4x4 multi-antenna technology into three bands, the company said. Samsung's Galaxy S10, which the telco began shipping on Monday for those who pre-ordered the device, will enjoy data transfer rates up to 1.15Gbps in the cities of Seoul, Busan, Ulsan, Gwangju, and Daejun.