US dismisses South Koreas launch of world-first 5G network as stunt
Half a dozen celebrities were the first to experience the service, carriers say
South Korea has claimed it beat the US by a matter of hours to become the first country to roll out a super-fast 5G mobile network, which allows users to download entire moves almost instantaneously.
Three South Korean carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus launched 5G services at 11pm local time on Wednesday, according to media reports, but only for a handful of celebrities in what their US rival dismissed as a publicity stunt.
SK Telecom [has] announced that it has activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11pm 3 April 2019, the countrys biggest mobile operator said in a news release on Thursday.
The launch was reportedly brought forward by two days, as speculation mounted that US mobile carrier Verizon planned to launch its own service ahead of schedule and claim the title of the worlds first 5G provider.