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Next year shapes up to be the dawn of 5G

South Korean carrier KT and China's Huawei highlight faster networks at Mobile World Congress

Visitors attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2018.   © Reuters

BARCELONA, Spain -- Big names in wireless communication and network equipment are moving to start next-generation 5G mobile service by 2019 -- a year earlier than they had planned -- which is likely to give a boost to innovations such as connected cars that depend on faster data speeds.

Accelerating the shift to fifth-generation networks has been a common theme at the Mobile World Congress that began here Monday. South Korean wireless company KT, which showed off its 5G technology at the Winter Olympics, said it expects a commercial launch in 2019.

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