The United States of America’s Verizon Communications and South Korea’s SK Telecom, KT Corporation, and LG Uplus Corp have officially launched 5G mobile network services in the commercial space. These releases were all done ahead of schedule as all the companies wished to be the first to launch the latest wireless technology. This desire has led to claims of 5G pioneering on both ends with South Korea claiming it was the first to release the technology and the USA claiming it was the first (U.S. carrier AT&T states that it carried out a limited rollout of the technology as early as last year December).
It has been almost a decade since 4G wireless mobile technology was released and the 5G release is said to offer increases of 20 – 100 times the speed of 4G LTE networks. Verizon Communications has stated that customers can now access 5G services using the Motorola Z3 with a special attachment for the device. On South Korea’s end, SK Telecom has launched the service with the 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.
Marketing the 5G service is a major focus of SK Telecom, and they have enlisted major musical talents and a champion Olympian in their campaign as their first consumers of the service.
Huawei Equipment Concerns
The months leading up to the release of 5G technology were rocky at best as a major security threat came to light. Huawei is said to be exploitable by the Chinese government for espionage. Considering Huawei is a manufacturer of equipment used in the building and deployment of 5G networks, if the allegations are true, this poses concerns of national security for countries that use the Chinese manufacturer’s equipment. Huawei has denied the claims, but nothing is concrete. Despite this, Huawei equipment is banned from government use by US officials and is only used by LG Uplus Corporation in South Korea.