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5G networks

Korean companies ready to exploit early adoption of 5G network

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People take photographs during a launching ceremony for SK Telecom's 5G service, in Seoul, South Korea, April 3, 2019   © Reuters

SEOUL - When South Korea today deploys the world's first fifth generation wireless network, consumers will finally be able to test the hype and get a glimpse of just how much the new technology will change the way people live.

Eagerly watching too will be companies ranging from retailers to carmakers, who are hoping that having the world's first 5G network will help them leapfrog rivals in China and the U.S. and lift the country out of its current economic funk.

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