SOUTH KOREA - The World’s First National 5G Network

Arno Froese

South Korea launched the world’s first fully fledged 5G mobile networks, a transformational leap that already has superpowers sparring for control of an innovation that could potentially change the day-to-day lives of billions of people.

The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will ultimately underpin everything from toasters to telephones; from electric cars to power grids.

But while South Korea has won the race to be first to provide the user experience, that is only one part of a wider battle that has pit the United States against China and ensnared giants including Huawei.

Hyperwired South Korea has long had a reputation for technical prowess, and Seoul has made the 5G rollout a priority as it seeks to stimulate stuttering economic growth.

The system will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity—20 times faster than the existing 4G—allowing users to download entire movies in less than a second.

In the same way that 3G enabled widespread mobile web access and 4G enabled new applications ranging from social media to Uber, 5G will herald a new level of connectivity, empowered by speed.

The U.S. has pressed its allies and major economies to avoid 5G solutions from Chinese-owned telecom giant Huawei, citing security risks that technological backdoors could give Beijing access to 5G-connected utilities and other components.

But Chinese firms dominate 5G technology.

Huawei, the global leader, has registered 1,529 5G patents, according to data analysis firm IPlytics.

Combined with manufacturers ZTE and Oppo, plus the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology, Chinese entities own a total of 3,400 patents, it says—more than a third of the total.

None of South Korea’s three network operators would say how much they have invested in 5G, but Seoul’s economy minister Hong Nam-ki put it at at least $2.6 billion this year alone.

“If 5G is fully implemented,” he said, “it will greatly improve people’s lives.”, 3 April 2019

Arno's commentary

Communist China seems to be underestimated by the Western news media. Generally, it is believed that they are masters in copying technology. We recall the 1960s, when Japanese cars were looked down upon as being inferior. That has changed drastically, as they have now become superior.

South Korea, in this case, is developing into a technological superpower. Communications speed is virtually unimaginable. The article claims that it is 20 times faster than the existing 4G networks. Who would have thought, just a century ago, that a wireless phone could communicate with virtually anybody, anytime, anywhere on planet earth? News, weather forecasts, etc. are instantly available by just touching a few buttons.

From Revelation 11, we know that God will send two witnesses called the two olive trees and the two candlesticks to Jerusalem. There they will be killed. Verse 10 reports: “And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” The fulfillment of such requires instant communication throughout the world. But that’s not the end, for verse 11 reads: “And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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