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5G networks

South Korea's 5G head start puts Samsung in pole position

Launch poses test for Huawei while carriers face heavy investment burden

The world's first commercial 5G services will be available in South Korea to users of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S10 5G smartphones.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea will on Friday become the first country to offer commercial fifth-generation wireless communication, providing a test of what consumers can expect from faster data speeds.

The three leading South Korean wireless carriers -- KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus -- will make 5G network access available to users of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S10 5G smartphones. That gives South Korea's biggest phone maker an advantage in adapting to the change.

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