Telecom firm Huawei is working with Russian Mobile provider MegaFon to bring high speed 5G internet to guests of the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. This service will come about two years earlier than the time when 5G is expected to be available widely.
“With the help of MegaFon, we are confident of turning science-fiction-like service into 5G reality for citizens in Russia and soccer fans around the world, two years ahead of the industry’s estimated 5G introduction date of 2020,” said Ryan Ding of Huawei.
Until 2018, the two firms will be working closely to develop a test area, and hopefully a functioning network by the end of 2017. By 2018, the network will be available to general public and guests in Russia to see the World Cup.
In an increasingly connected world, data requirements by new devices are getting higher and higher. 5G internet will bring a whole new level of speed to new devices that will be arriving on the market in the coming generations until 2020. Russia may get the first 5G network in 2018, but surely South Korea will close behind, as they currently hold the record for the world’s fastest internet speeds.