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Korea already plans 5G wireless

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Wed July 9, 2008

Korea Developing 5G

Although fourth-generation (4G) cellular wireless still has yet to hold its own, the South Korean government is already developing 5G access that may be ready soon after 4G services go live, the country's officials say (registration required). The country hopes to invest money equal to $58.4 million over the next three years into both advancing 4G access and to starting work on 5G at the same time. Doing so is said to hopefully make the Asian country the top-ranked cellphone producer in the world by setting a 4G standard and becoming the primary source of 4G on the planet.

Korea is already in second place due in large part to the preences of companies such as LG and Samsung, which combined with others ship as many as 250 million phones a yuarl

It remains too early to gauge what 5G will involve, though 4G typically peaks at 10Mbps downstream for WiMAX (and Korea's variant WiBro) and 100Mbps for Long Term Evolution (LTE), each of which allows for real-time full quality Internet video over the air as well as online action games and other actions that depend on low lag and high speed. Most generational jumps in wireless technology are often several times faster than their predecessors.

The Koreans decline to give a roadmap for the technology but plan to take the lead by about 2012, which would likely see work on 5G start just after LTE-based 4G becomes available in the US through AT&T and Verizon. Spriot in turn should have 4G-class service in September after the launch of its Xohm WiMAX network near the end of 2008. [via Unwired View]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NIce Editing

    How long is a "yuarl"? Can't electronista use spell check? And who is "Spriot"?

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Typo much?

    Wow, yuarl and Spriot?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stupid small country

    Why don't you come over here and try to build out a 4G network [I'm in Canada, and we desperately need the competition here]...

  1. gitcypher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is Sprint in Korean.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Korea is a small country, with most people concentrated in few major cities. Thus they can afford to upgrade because cost of upgrade is very low, compared to a large country where people are spread out into suburbs where no one wants a cell antenna near by their town.

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