On Wednesday in South Korea, Reuters published an article in which South Korean officials announced a victory over the United States and China as the site of the world's first commercial launch of a fifth-generation telecommunications network.
They made their claim based on the fact that the new network is connected to a real 5G telephone. American carriers have challenged the claims of South Korea to be the first.
After the article was published, AT & T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc reinforced their angry rejection of South Korea’s boast of post-release messages sent by Reuters on Wednesday.
AT & T said it won because it announced on December 18 that it plans to launch a 5G network in 12 US cities this month. However, its network is only available to consumers using a mobile access point, but not on 5G phones.
Verizon, for his part, objected that he came first. A few hours after the Reuters message, it was announced that it had already launched its 5G network and will be available on the new Motorola phone, but only in Chicago and Minneapolis.
"We support our history,” a Reuters spokeswoman said.
The intensity with which company representatives challenged each other’s claims stresses that, according to Accenture, high stakes in the fight for supremacy over the industry, which is expected to spend $ 275 billion over seven years in the United States alone.
According to IHS Markit, the winner, according to IHS Markit, will play a central role in promoting an annual income of $ 12.3 trillion in a wide range of industries.
The technology, which can provide data transfer speeds of at least 20 times higher than that of 4G, will also serve as the basis for significant achievements of the next era, from self-driving cars and augmented reality to smart cities and artificial intelligence.
"Being first in our industry is important, and we want this recognition,” said an AT & T spokesman, adding that over the past five years, the company has spent $ 130 billion on upgrading its network.
Some experts point out that a jockey means little to consumers. "The reason you get this reaction is because it’s a battle of marketing software, not the development of a real network,” said Craig Moffett, a telecommunications and communications analyst at MoffettNathanson.
"They got confused, saying that they have a 5G network,” he said. "But in a few years we will have some impact on the user experience."
Leaving aside human rights, being first is a matter of national pride. US President Donald Trump was so excited about the dominance of telecommunications in the future that he invented technology that does not yet exist - 6G - in tweet on February 21.
"I want 5G and even 6G technologies in the United States to be as soon as possible.” It is much more powerful, faster and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts or stay behind, ”he tweeted. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
South Korean operators have announced plans to launch their 5G networks by Friday.
But by 5 pm Local time on Wednesday, rumors began to spread that Verizon was planning an unexpected debut of its own 5G network already on Thursday, a full week ahead of the planned schedule, an official from the Ministry of Science and Information Technology of South Korea told Reuters.
To snatch victory from Verizon's jaws, South Korean carriers rushed for time and agreed to jointly cover the country's 5G networks only six hours after they learned about Verizon’s plans, the official, who declined to give his name, said.
South Korean operators, including SK Telecom and KT Corp, switched the switch at 23:00 local time (14:00 GMT / 1000 EST), almost an hour earlier than Verizon confirmed that it began operating in two markets in the United States at 10 : 55 Eastern time (1455). GREENWICH MEAN TIME).
"This is quite a big deal for each mobile operator, which can be called the first in the world,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Science.
About why Verizon sped up its launch plan for the week, a Verizon spokesman said its network was ready. "Our customers were enthusiastic and ready to use 5G,” the spokesman added.