Will 5G make its commercial debut in 2020?

by: William Neilson JrJuly 15, 2014

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In the past, we have discussed the confusion (sometimes intentionally) of what 5G technology actually entails. However, South Korea’s 3 major mobile operators, SK Telecom, kt, and LG Uplus, have plans to introduce commercial 5G technology by 2020-2021.

According to South Korean officials, next-generation 5G works at a 28 GHz frequency while 4G which runs at about 2 GHz. Based on the definition of 5G speeds by South Korean officials, if someone were to download a 800MB HD movie on their 5G network, it should only take one second. In order for this type of technology to be commercialized, consumers will need to access giga-speed mobile communications technologies.

The mobile operators gave an example of what the 5G technology should look like:

“In 2020 Mr. Do Min-jun (37) is in New York for a 3-day business trip. He married Ms. Na Young-sim 7 years ago and has one cute daughter named Mina (7). Mr. Do arrives at the hotel which he reserved while riding a taxi from airport. After checking in, while he is walking to the room, his phone rings. Right after he puts his device in his palm, a 3D hologram pops up; his wife says Mina has just visited a local clinic due to a fever of almost 40 degrees but she is still unwell. He makes an appointment with s pediatrician at the closest university hospital to his home after searching via his 3D hologram mobile phone.” – KoreaITTimes

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South Korea has already stated that they will demonstrate their 5G technology during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. After the Olympic Games, the operators are looking to commercial the 5G technology by December of 2020.

In order to get the technology ready, it is expected that the private sector will invest about 1.6 trillion KRW ($1.5 billion) in 5G-related research and development. Don’t feel too bad about the research and development costs as the global and domestic markets for 5G expect to be valued at $2.3175 trillion in 2026.

South Korea is not alone in their desire for a 5G network:

  • The European Union (EU) established ‘5GPPP’, a group for 5G standardization, whose members include 24 communications equipment and IT firms such as Ericsson, Hwawei, and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).
  • In China the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) have supported R&D programs through a 5G consultative group.
  • Japan established ‘2020 and beyond ad hoc’ under a standardization organization and has focused on corporations’ 5G related activities.
  • Kirk

    Why would I get excited about next gen technology when the current gen isn’t even implemented to the specs. Plus I could use my 5 GB in one minute instead of ten.

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    • Mike Reid

      You shouldn’t, unless you happen to live in South Korea.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I just want nationwide 4G LTE coverage and VoLTE to be more widely adopted. xD

  • MasterMuffin

    I don’t like that “a movie would take x seconds to download” measurement. It’s just theory, it would require the server to have ridiculous upload speeds and bandwith. Also IMO having 4G everywhere is more important than 5G (currently, hooray for advancement of technology though)

    • I agree especially when that stat is most likely when NOBODY ELSE is on that network.

  • Michele Beccalossi

    Here in Italy we still have to pay 10€ to have 2GB of maximum data traffic MONTHLY. On 3G.
    With 5G we will have to pay 20€ to finish our bundle in 3 seconds… Really awesome LOL

    • Michele Beccalossi

      And I forgot to say that unlimited data plans doesn’t even exist…. Viva l’italia!

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        do you know about chiami and recall becoming not free from 21/7 for tim and vodafone? Viva l’italia veramente. che schifo.

        • Michele Beccalossi

          TIM, ho già disdetto preventivamente..

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            Io ho fatto meglio.. Ho passato il numero a noverca e ora a 4 euro ho 200+200+1 GB

    • Roberto Tomás

      in the US it is $60 for 2GB/mo (on “4G” LTE, which is technically not even 4G, but it is fast). We’ll likely get 5G but not at the same time as everyone else .. we’re usually late with mobile networks because the country is too large to roll out quickly (recent “4G” LTE being a sort-of exception to that rule)

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        in italy 10 euros per monnth for 200 min 200sms 2gb is really common. but you can’t use 4g if you don’t pay an extra. if you pay an extra you can use the same 2gb, you normally use in 3g, in 4g. that’s really common. then there are some carriers more cheap and others one more expensive.
        now i use noverca (an italian carrier) and i pay 4 euros per month and i’ve got 200min 200sms and 1GB only 3g not 4g

      • Michele Beccalossi

        D: it’s crazy expensive… What about unlimited data plans? Anyway I didn’t think it costs so much…

        • Roberto Tomás

          it is. That is with unlimited 3G — but that is basic 3G, running in the hundreds of kilobytes, not megabytes. most modern 3g lte coverage is competitive with 4g, which is why it is sold as 4g here.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      yes. wind it’s the only one that give you the possibility to use 4g without paying an extra. all the other carriers such as vodafone tim or tre don’t give you possibility to use your 2GB in 4g if you don’t pay an extra….

    • Johnny

      Well, in Romania we can get a whole contract with unlimited network calls, 200 hundred national etc and unlimited Internet with as low as just 2 (two) Euros (just the first 3 gb are at full speed – 21,6 Mbps though..)

      So the other operators are clearly robbing their customers with this inflated prices…

      • Dee Norbert

        From Digi Mobil we don’t have 4G

      • Roberto Tomás

        I don’t want to hear another word about Romania :) you guys get all the luck. I was looking at an 300Mbps down, 100Mbps up that rolls over to 30Mbps up after so many gigabytes .. all unlimited otherwise, for 5€/mo there.

  • Roberto Tomás

    They really mean it when they say 5G by 2018, and 2020/2021 for 99% coverage throughout the penninsula. There is *already* 5G testing going on there (and in northern europe somewhere .. and in china). The question is really just “what things will we look back on and say ‘yeah, that was what we’d call 5G'”

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    i wish i had a good 4g in italy

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