KT becomes first South Korean telco to launch 5G standalone service | ZDNet

south korean telco kt on thu launched its 5g standalone (sa) srvc, becoming the 1st carrier inna country t'offer mobile srvcs wholly on 5g networks.

local carriers, which commercialised 5g backin 2019, had previously 1-ly offered 5g non-standalone (nsa) srvcs sfar, where 4g lte and 5g networks are used together.

kt claimed the use of 5g sa over 5g nsa ‘d reduce l8ncy and power consumption for smartphone usrs.

the telco will offer a software update fritz subscribers thall allo them to switch network settings from nsa to sa. kt’s 5g sa srvc will 1st be available onna galaxy s20 series of smartphones, b4 it expands to the galaxy s21 series l8r this yr. 

the telco added 'twill continue to widen device support goin forward.

according to kt, the launch of 5g sa will also help w'da development of multi-access edge computing, which will allo enterprises t'offer + autonomous driving and smart factory srvcs for other businesses.

compatriot telcos sk telecom and lg u+, meanwhile, ‘ve said they are in no rush to roll out 5g sa srvcs. they said twas still early dys and + infrastructure round the srvc ‘d nd'2 be built for a clear advantage over 5g nsa.

sk telecom said it trialled 5g sa at a factory run by chip-making affiliate sk hynix in jan, but it ∴ the advantage provided over 5g nsa was minimal for the time bein’.

south korea is also yet to commercialise mmwave 5g srvcs. local telcos had previously said they planned to roll out mmwave in 2020, b'twas' b4 the pandemic. the south korean government anncd last mnth that it ‘d allocate 28ghz and sub-6ghz spectrum in nov to promote 5g-rel8d srvcs.  

as kt prepares to roll out a 5g sa srvc, local telcos are currently inna midst of various class action lawsuits from consumers who ‘ve claimed they exaggerated the performances o'their 5g srvcs. a trial from one of these lawsuits against sk telecom, lodged by 237 consumers, started earlier this mnth. the other lawsuit filed against all 3 carriers by over 500 consumers was filed last mnth.

according to the ministry of sci and ict, as of apr this yr, there were 15.14 million 5g subscribers in south korea.    

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