In the race to be the first official country to commercially launch 5G, the US and South Korea have been battling it out head to head. Last week Verizon launched the first commercial 5G network with 5G enabled smartphones; however, Verizon’s commercial 5G network is currently only available in two cities, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Just behind Verizon, South Korea’s mobile carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus have announced the launch of their nationwide commercial 5G networks. The nationwide 5G coverage is reportedly being achieved with 34,000 5G base stations in 85 cities.
In a statement, it was stated that 5G was available in the capital Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan area, six other metropolitan cities, most of all 85 major cities, 70 large shopping malls and discount stores and 464 college campuses.
All three telecommunications companies have now introduced 5G mobile plans available for purchase, along with the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung’s first 5G enabled phone. Early subscribers will get unlimited access to 5G data until the end of 2019.
It has been predicted that three million South Koreans will switch to 5G technology by the end of 2019.