LG Electronics to provide U.S. mobile carrier with 5G smartphone next year

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-08-16 11:04 Updated : 2018-08-16 11:04
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SEOUL -- Sprint, an American mobile carrier, will release fifth-generation (5G) smartphone designed by South Korea's LG Electronics in the North American market during the first half of next year. 

"Sprint is moving fast on the road to 5G and we are thrilled to announce the first 5G smartphone with the innovative team at LG," Sprint said in a statement uploaded onto its website.

"Sprint customers will be among the first in the world to experience the incredible speed, reliability and mobility of 5G," the American carrier said. LG's 5G smartphones will be launched in nine cities, including Washington, Los Angeles and New York.

Competition is growing among smartphone makers to release 5G phones. The 5G network can transmit a large capacity of data fast for autonomous driving, the downloading of ultra-high quality video files and industries related to artificial intelligence (AI).

In South Korea, top three mobile carriers -- SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ -- have accepted an irresistible government request last month to put aside rivalry for the joint commercialization of 5G services in March next year for the first time in the world.