South Korea’s Delayed 5G Launch Says a Lot

To become the first country to launch 5G, South Korea’s government hastened all the top cellular carriers of the company to launch the services as soon as possible. The deadline was reported to be within the first three months of 2019.

However, the government has announced that they will miss the deadline, and we should expect the launch somewhere in April.

Why They Missed the Deadline

The Korean government announced that “We determined that it is much more desirable to wait until 5G smartphones’ quality will become secure” but this does not portray the whole picture. There are two main reasons behind the delay:

  • The first being the lack of 5G smartphones in the market. Samsung and LG are reported to launch their 5G smartphones in or after April 2019. South Korea seems to be waiting for the launch of both these smartphones.
  • The other reason is the high package prices put forth by the cellular carriers of the country. These packages were rejected on the basis that they are too costly for the locals to afford.

What to Expect

The above-mentioned reasons clearly show that the new 5G technology will not be a luxury that can be afforded by everyone at least, not in the first two years of release.

The cellular packages are expensive as well, so if you’re waiting for 5G to launch in Pakistan, you’ll have to wait for at least 5 years before we start seeing any development on this front.


  • پانچ سال کچھ زیادہ ہی بول دیا
    میکس 2022 تک 5جی سروس سٹارٹ ہو جائے گی پاکستان میں
    حکومت کو بھی فائدہ ہوگا اور کمپنیوں کی تو چاندی چاندی ہو جاۓ گی

  • They missed the fact that 5G transceivers have very little range and very high radiation.

    So, its risks and benefits are disputed. Whether or not its safe to deploy is being debated and that is causing delay in its launch as well.


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