South Korea kicks off nationwide sales of 5G smartphone

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Published on April 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

South Korea kicks off nationwide sales of 5G smartphone

Customers in South Korea snap up Samsung's 5G-enabled smartphone Galaxy S10 three days after the country's telcos rolled out 5G services.

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South Korea kicks off nationwide sales of 5G smartphone

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) South Korea began sales and official registration of Samsung Electronics' new 5G-enabled smartphone Galaxy S10 on Friday (April 5) two days after it rolled out 5G services in the country.

"I was told that 5G has a lot lower latency, so it's going to be more enjoyable streaming games.

I am really excited about that," said customer Oh Won-chang.

Another customer, Jeong Yu-jeong, said, "5G can download big files really quickly, which means I can watch a movie without any delays or buffering.

And I can get all these benefits at home." South Korea's three mobile carriers - SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus - commercially launched 5G services on Wednesday (April 3), ahead of their initial schedules, as they rushed for first spot in the race to roll out the latest wireless technology.

South Korea claimed to be the first country to launch 5G, but that was disputed by U.S. carriers who say they rolled out 5G in limited areas as early as last year.

U.S. telco AT&T Inc said it was the first to launch a "commercial and standards-based" 5G network in December 2018.

The service, however, was made available to mobile hotspot devices but is not yet on phones.

The technology can offer 20-times faster data speeds than 4G long-term evolution (LTE) networks and better support for artificial intelligence and virtual reality with low latency.

Sometimes it can offer 100-times faster speeds.

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