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London Hits ‘Fastest ever’ broadband during Speed Test and South Korea move to 5G

It does often seem like we are playing catch-up here in the UK, the fastest ever broadband speeds have been recorded in London with speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were achieved. Speeds such as this are fast enough to send 44 uncompressed HD films a second. And thousands of miles away in South Korea, where they are planning on introducing 5G wireless service which will allow users to download full-length films in a second.

In the UK we have just introduced 4G to major cities, many other places are still managing with 3G and some places nothing. Our broadband speeds are also just starting to catch up with other countries as well, as we can see by the recent speed test in London. Despite the positivity of the test it still could take years before it is noticed by consumers, although it does mean they know more information can be sent through existing broadband infrastructure, rather than having to overhaul what we have in the UK. This may mean getting better broadband speeds in the UK might be a bit easier than suspected.


Meanwhile as South Korea, work on extremely fast 5G we are still floundering on 4G. In the technology forward country, South Koreans can benefit from the fastest 4G network in the world. On this superfast network, movies take 40 seconds to download, 5G it will take one, for the same 800-megabyte movie. As the global leader in super-fast internet connections the country is determined to stay in this position. Currently 78% of South Koreans use smartphones, in the 18-24 demographic, it rises to 97%, out of a population of 50million.

A Ministry official, told AFP in Seoul: “Bullet trains around the world keep getting faster, with some in China running as fast as 500kmh and 600kmh. If we have the technology to allow fast internet access in these trains, it can open new opportunities for us globally.”

The growth of the country has been attributed to their regular upgrades to their mobile network starting with the 2G service in the 1990s and now onto 5G. The Science Ministry said in a statement: “Countries in Europe, as well as China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology … and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years.”

According to the Science Ministry they will be testing 5G services as early as next year on social networking before expanding to include 3D images and cloud services in 2017. They hope that the full range of services offered on 5G will be tested at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018.

Here in the UK the demand for higher bandwidth keeps growing year on year at around 35%. Moving forward we have to look at more efficient ways to transfer data, on existing networks over expensive replacement.