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5G networks

South Korea to seize on world's first full 5G network

SK Group and KT lead the pack in new services like holographic streaming

A woman demonstrates a virtual reality device from SK Telecom that harnesses 5G networks at the MWC Barcelona trade show in Spain. (Photo courtesy of SK Telecom)

SEOUL -- South Korea intends to capitalize on becoming the first nation with a full-fledged 5G mobile network this month as businesses get a head start on new services such as holographic streaming and technologies leading to breakthroughs in manufacturing productivity.

Mobile carriers KT, SK Telecom, and LG Uplus will begin 5G service for compatible smartphones from Samsung Electronics as soon as late March. That will beat the U.S., where limited coverage for certain indoor locations is available but standard service accessible in fast-moving vehicles has yet to launch.

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