KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom) and Samsung Electronics announced that they have successfully reached the speed of 1 Gbps on 5G.

This speed was reached over the Air using the commercial network 5G of KT implemented in Seoul, South Korea.

The KT network provides 5G commercial mobility services as early as 1 December 2018, in collaboration with Samsung’s Network Business Unit.

KT used its 5G commercial network based on the 3.5 GHz frequency, implemented at Gwanghwamun, Seoul.

This includes Samsung’s 5G NR end-to-end network solutions, including 5G radio and virtual core (vCore), with simultaneous support for 4G LTE and 5G. As well as 5G smartphones, to be precise Galaxy models S10 5G (we talked about here).

The two companies focused on offering real-world mobile experiences for end users and successfully reached a total speed of 1 Gbps on the 5G smartphone connected to the 5G commercial network.

All in a scenario, therefore not from laboratory or test, but, precisely, from real world.

Samsung and KT stressed that this was one of the key targets for the two companies.

A practical demonstration that the 5G commercial network is ready to offer a stable gigabit speed for end users.

A proof that shows in a palpable way the possible impact of the marketing of 5G on the mobile user experience of customers.

KT and Samsung at full speed with 5G

KT selected Samsung as the provider of key network solutions for 5G in November 2018. Subsequently, the two companies jointly built the 5G commercial network, which is on-air since last December.

Since then, the two companies have focused on optimizing the 5G network for wider coverage. And for the exponential data traffic that comes from the higher 5G speed.

The 5G KT commercial service for end users is scheduled for this spring. KT announced that the 5G network will be ready for mobile service in 85 cities at national level. Including the Seoul metropolitan area.

This also includes the expansion of coverage of 5G service through some of the country’s major high-speed motorways and rail networks. In addition, the service will gradually cover 464 colleges and universities, metropolitans, historic buildings and parts of mountainous areas.

The result announced by the two companies is part of a long-term collaboration between KT and Samsung, for the marketing of 5G in South Korea.

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