Reader Poll: Readers Expect 5G in South Korea First

There's not much debate among Light Reading readers about which country will get 5G services first. Spoiler alert! A majority of respondents think it will be South Korea.

Our recent poll, Which Country Will Get Commercial 5G First?, got 442 responses. Some 50.45% of those said that South Korea will be the first country to get 5G service, which is expected to deliver data rates up to 100 times faster than today's 4G networks.

SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) is planning to provide a 5G pilot service in 2016 and launch a trial 5G service in 2017, a year earlier than the expected schedule in 2018, a spokesman tells Light Reading.

For all the latest news on 5G, visit the dedicated 5G site here on Light Reading.

Despite the fact Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has said that it plans to have a 5G fixed wireless pilot up and running in the US in 2017, most of you don't appear to believe that will translate to the first commercial 5G service in the world. Only 20.36% voted for the US being first with 5G. (See Verizon Will Pilot 5G Fixed Wireless in 2017.)

Just over 15% of you voted for Japan as the first site for commercial 5G. NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) plans to launch at the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.

Other countries? Pretty much nowhere on the map.

Go ahead and vote in our next 5G poll: Potential 5G Obstacles.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

DanJones 7/13/2016 | 2:22:57 PM
FCC is trying to push ahead with spectrum though! Vote happens Thursday.
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