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How South Korea built 5G, and what it’s learning

September 12, 2019


South Korea’s claim that it launched the world’s first 5G network in April might be somewhat contested in the U.S. — with some arguing that because it was only available to select celebrities, it didn’t really count — but there is no doubt that the country has a massive lead over much of the rest of the world.

In August, data showed that only four months after local carriers commercially launched the technology, the number of 5G subscribers in South Korea hit the 2 million mark, and according to the GSM Association, South Korean 5G users accounted for 77% of the global population of 5G users by the end of June.

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