If Speed Is Your Thing, South Korea’s Got You Covered


South Korea’s science ministry has been discussing their next generation of mobile service, and the numbers are dizzying. While the current 4G service there already trumps that of pretty much anywhere with their 300 Mbps “3band-LTE-A” connections available by the end of the year, that still pales in comparison to what they have planned for 5G. See, by 2020, there are plans for speeds 1,000 times greater! This means you could download a full 800MB movie in one second. What? One second? That’s right, in the time it took you to read these last few words, you could have downloaded a full movie. If HD is your thing, you would only have to spend 5.12 seconds to grab 4.6GB.

What’s more, the service will be available even on bullet trains that travel 310 miles per hour. What? They have trains that ravel that fast? We sort of knew this, but it’s only when you start looking at the whole picture that you realize just how far behind our infrastructure is, right here in North America. 310 miles per hour bullet trains, 5G cellular service that downloads an HD movie in 5 seconds? Come on… they’re past making us look bad, now they’re just gloating.

VIA [ DVice ]