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Podcast: South Korea's 5G prowess and progressPodcast: South Korea's 5G prowess and progress

Light Reading's Phil Harvey is joined by Omdia Senior Analyst Ramona Zhao, who provides some highlights from her recent report recapping South Korea's first year in 5G.

Phil Harvey

April 10, 2020

Podcast: South Korea's 5G prowess and progress

It's been about a year since 5G services were commercially available in South Korea. To get a sense of what's working and what challenges are still ahead, we talked to Omdia Senior Analyst Ramona Zhao. She covers the Asian service provider market and recently issued a report recapping the country's first year in 5G.

In the interview, Zhao cautions network operators launching 5G services to be careful about their timing and public messaging. That part made me smile because that horse is so far out of the barn in the US. AT&T straight up lied about its 5G coverage and its overpaid toff of a CEO bragged about it after settling a lawsuit on the matter.

Anyway, Zhao didn't partake in any AT&T chatter. She made the point that, based on her analysis of the 5G market in South Korea, if the network and marketing terminology doesn't reflect the reality of a carrier's 5G coverage and quality, they could risk losing customers or just turn them off to the whole idea of 5G.

Listen to the podcast below, or subscribe and download it from Google Play, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud or Spotify.

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Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same. His work can be seen on Flickr, Instagram (sometimes) or by opening one of the dusty shoe boxes in his attic.

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