Korean Cellcos Urged to Accelerate 5G Adoption

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South Korea’s ICT minister has called on the nation’s operators to accelerate the adoption of 5G technology and lower the cost of telecoms services, according to telecomasia.net.

The Ministry of Science and ICT has made plans with operators SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus to commence commercial 5G operations in early 2019 and deploy 5G infrastructure nationwide by 2020, The Korea Bizwirereported.

ICT minister Yoo Young-min has also requested KT’s support for a pilot 5G launch planned for next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics, with KT committing to showcase 5G at the event. The ministry also detailed plans to increase the supply of wireless spectrum for emerging wireless applications such as autonomous vehicles, smart factories and IoT.

Late last year, the ministry announced it pushed forward the date of its planed 5G spectrum auction by around a year to June 2018, with the aim of enabling commercial 5G deployments in March 2019, according to The Korea Bizwire.

January 11, 2018

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