South Korean 5G internet move to further increase download speeds
films in a second.The country’s science ministry said on Thursday it would invest 1.6t won ($1.5bn) with local firms in the service, with a view to making it commercially a
vailable by the end of the decade.
The 5G network will enable users to download an 800-megabyte movie in one second, compared with 40 seconds on the current 4G network – already the fastest in the world.
That would mean passengers on high-speed trains would be able to access the internet even at speeds of 500kmh (310mph), compared with the current limit of 300kmh.
“Bullet trains around the world keep getting faster, with some in China running as fast as 500kmh and 600kmh,” a ministry official, who declined to be named, told AFP in Seoul. “If we have the technology to allow fast internet access in these trains, it can open new opportunities for us globally.”
South Korea is determined to protect its position as a global leader in super-fast internet connections. More than 78% of South Korea’s 50 million people use smartphones; among 18-24 year olds, the proportion rises to a staggering 97%.
“Countries in Europe, as well as China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology … and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years,” the science ministry said in a statement.The ministry said it would develop 5G with expertise and investment from mobile carriers and handset makers such as LG and Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones.