New partnership could bring 5G mobile internet to the UK
A new allegiance between South Korea and the UK could lead to the latter being one of the first in the world to tether the power of 5G mobile internet connections.
The move to be ahead of the pack comes on the back of a rather slow chase of the rest of the world when it came to the arrival of 4G.
Various carriers bid to be the first to roll out 4G (with Three eventually winning), but the launch was slow, staggered and far behind other nations such as those across Asia and the US. It seems like UK carriers are not prepared to be so primitive again next time there's a chance for an upgrade, though, and they are looking to take the lead with 5G rollouts.
As part of the plan to make sure the whole continent is ahead of the game when it comes to the rolling out of 4G, the EU is planning a partnership with South Korea for research and development of the technology.
The two parties will share technology and research as well as taking crucial steps to make sure that the radio spectrums are properly aligned in ways that they were not last time around.
Neelie Kroos, vice president of the EU commission, said that the plan is to make sure the rollout is smoother and faster to speed up and win the global race.
It could see 5G come around in the next few years as well, with South Korea already well underway with its testing of the technology.
Smartphone giant Samsung has already stated that it has found success in the early stages of testing its technology for 5G capabilities, while South Korea is planning to have 5G up and running by 2020 at the latest.
So while there's no indication of when British smartphones might get to try out the superfast connection just yet, it seems that we have something to look forward to, potentially being one of the first in the world to get our hands on 5G.