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South Korea's KT to launch 5G service for businesses next March

Carrier eyes world's first mobile 5G with consumer roll-out by summer

Oh Sung-mok, president of KT's network division, told reporters Thursday that the carrier will make 5G available to corporate customers in March 2019. (Courtesy of KT)

SEOUL -- South Korean telecom company KT will launch a 5G wireless service for business clients early next year, potentially giving the country a head start on the development of "internet of things" systems built on the superfast data communications technology.

Fifth-generation service for corporate customers will begin in March 2019, followed by a service for consumers that supports smartphones between April and June, Oh Sung-mok, president of KT's network division, told a news conference Thursday. The network will initially cover major metropolitan areas such as Seoul. Rates will be announced later.

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