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South Korea’s science ministry is investing $1.5 billion in building 5G wireless service for the country by 2020, AFP reports.
Some of the things the ministry wants 5G to do include downloading an 800-megabyte movie in one second, and providing Internet access to people onboard 500-kilometer-per-hour (310 miles) bullet trains. Yes, I would like to live there, too.
2020 seems to be the deadline many groups are taking for developing the next generation of data networks. Samsung, the European Union, and Chinese device manufacturer Huawei have all said they’ll work on commercializing 5G by then. There’s plenty of work to do. Beyond improving speed to hundreds of times faster than today’s 4G, 5G should have fewer dead zones and use less power than 4G, VentureBeat reported last year.