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South Korea, US and Japan lead in 5G network deployment

Focus should be on infrastructure to build business case for the technology

From left, Takehiro Nakamura of NTT Docomo and 5G Labs; Takayuki Yamane of KDDI Digital Cafe; John Harrington of Nokia Japan; and Satoshi Iwao of Samsung Electronics Japan attend Nikkei's Global Digital Summit 2019 on May 10 in Tokyo. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are at the forefront of fifth-generation network deployment but the applications that would harness the full potential of the technology would take some time to emerge, said a panel of industry officials at Nikkei's Global Digital Summit 2019 on Monday.

In the three leading 5G markets, "telecommunication carriers are active in expanding the network coverage area," said Satoshi Iwao, vice president of the network division at Samsung Electronics Japan.

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