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China rolls out 5G services in race to narrow tech gap

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I, for one, am in no hurry for 5G, its coming, great but no rush. I am sure it will be more expensive and I am happy with 4G

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Things they conveniently leave out concerning these 5G rollout articles:

The $18 price is ont top of whatever 4G plan they are already on. This means that the service will drop out frequently and revert to 4G until such time as there are 5G arrays set up to match existing 4G coverage. This will take far longer than they are saying 'by next year'. They are simply referring to plain accessibility, not what you can actually do with that access.

South Korea will be in second place with a predicted 75,000 users - This is pocket change in terms of subscribers. If that's all you need to claim second place then it's not even newsworthy ranking countries like this.

China will promote the deep integration of new generation information technology - Yes, promote. This race to rollout 5G is simply an attempt to be the first one to say that they're the first. It doesn't matter to them if it's a quality network that actually usable. So long as there's an array in the middle of a city with a 100m radius, they will say they are 'at the forefront'. That being the case, who cares. Wake everyone up when it's ready to take over from 4G properly.

Agree with bobfor2, quality over early (extremely limited, not even worth using) access.

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Who did they steal the Intel from?

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@Hillclimber

South Korea will be in second place with a predicted 75,000 users

Huh, Korea just crossed 4 million 5G subscribers at the end of October, 5 million by the end of this year.

Heck, Samsung and LG aren't even releasing LTE variant of flagship phones in Korea anymore.

Just because Japan is falling behind everyone else nowadays doesn't mean the same is happening in Korea and China.

https://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2019&no=693492

5G subscribers in Korea estimated to hit 5 million this year

The number of 5G mobile subscribers in South Korea is expected to surpass 5 million within this year as the new generation network adds 500,000 on average per month.

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