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South Korea 5G Internet aimed for 2018 Olympics

By March 13, 2017 at 4:42 am
South Korea 5G Internet aimed for 2018 Olympics (Photo : Getty)

As Pyeongchang prepares to host the 2018 Olympics, organizers are now gunning for the famed South Korea 5G Internet to be readily available to the expected heavy tourist arrival that will result from the international sporting event. Next year's games, which will be the first time South Korea will be holding the Olympics since the 1988 Seoul Games, is primed to be a major boon to the country's growing tourism industry.

The Star Online reports that telecommunications firms all over the world are racing to develop the fifth generation of mobile networks. The KT, the East Asian country's top carrier, hopes to become the first to offer South Korea 5G Internet. While it is estimated that 5G will not be available for phones until 2020, the 2018 Olympics are said to be a part of a testing phase of the South Korea 5G Internet for a broad range of spectators and users in the sporting extrabonanza in the city. 

It can be remembered that Pyeongchang's victory for the hosting rights of the 2018 Olympics was greeted with delight in South Korea back in 2011 after failed consecutive bids for the 2010 and 2014 Games. According to DW, the 2018 Olympics host came down to Pyeongchang, Munich, and Annecy (in France) through the 63 out of the 105 International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes the city got indicated that it was the favored host, to begin with.

Pyeongchang's victory was largely attributed to its argument that Asia had only hosted twice, both in Japan for the Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998 Games, something Munich officials (which got second place) say was instrumental in its win. Hosting frequency was also the same argument Rio De Janeiro had when it got the hosting opportunity for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games back in 2009.

Watch the teaser for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang in the video below.

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