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S. Korea: ICT Minister Promotes Adoption of 5G at MWC
Source: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr
Source Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Mar 01, 2018

ICT Minister Yoo Young-min promoted South Korea's efforts to set up the world's first fifth-generation (5G) network technology at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain, his office said Wednesday.

Asia's fourth-largest economy is pushing forward with plans to start commercial operation of a 5G network in the early half of 2019 and build nationwide infrastructure by 2020.

The Ministry of Science and ICT joined forces with the country's major mobile carriers to establish faster and more stable data processing that far exceeds the existing 4G network, or long-term evolution (LTE). 5G network technology allows for data transmission speeds 40-50 times faster than LTE.

"5G technology is a new opportunity for us, and South Korea will give the utmost effort so as to get it operational," the policymaker said.

South Korea announced at the end of 2017, on the eve of hosting the Winter Olympic Games, that it is committed to commercializing the next-generation mobile network at the earliest possible opportunity.

Yoo also visited the booths of major firms such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. at the event in Barcelona, the ministry said.

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