The company named AI-equipped Lota as the first subscriber of the commercial 5G service
South Korea has officially launched its 5G network commercial service. The country’s largest telecommunications company rolled out the new service in the greater Seoul area, six other metropolitan areas and in isolated areas including Jeju, Ulleung and Dok islands.
KT plans to expand its nationwide 5G network to 24 major cities and has targeted key transport routes such as expressways, subways, high-speed railways, large universities and neighbourhood shopping areas.
KT announced a major plan in September to focus on developing five key areas: smart cities, smart factories, connected cars, 5G media and the 5G cloud. The goal of the company is to provide innovative services for its mobile users. Notably, the company is working with partners in Korea and around the world, such as Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Mobis, Posco, Intel, Ericsson, Nvidia and Qualcomm.
A robot equipped with artificial intelligence called Lota was unveiled as the first 5G subscriber at the Lotte World Tower in Seoul.
The company plans to expand into new businesses with more pilot clients, using intelligent machines and business-to-business (B2B) operators. In a message to employees last week week, KT chairman Hwang Chang-Gyu reaffirmed the company’s vision to continue developing as an intelligent platform for innovation in the new 5G era, leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Because of KT’s Internet backbone with full mesh topology and edge communication centres based on control and user plane separation (CUPS) technology, its 5G service with ultra-low latency claims to have the advantage over other carriers. Full mesh topology is an up-to-date technology in which every node in the network has a circuit connection to every other node.
“We will do our best to extend our coverage to every nook and cranny of the most remote mountain areas and islands, as well as urban cores"
"KT has ushered in the 5G era by launching commercial 5G service on our 5G network across the country, and we will do our best to extend our coverage to every nook and cranny of the most remote mountain areas and islands, as well as urban cores," said KT’s head of network group, Oh Sung-Mok.
He added: "We will provide the best quality 5G service to our clients by continuing to develop cutting-edge technologies."
KT is sharing its expertise in 5G with the rest of the world in order to accelerate commercialisation of next-generation wireless connectivity. A commercial 5G network in South Korea is expected to create at least 30.3 trillion won in socioeconomic value in 2025, 1.5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to a report released in July by the KT Economic and Management Research Institute. The report forecasts that number will increase to at least 47.8 trillion won, which is 2.1 per cent of the GDP, in 2030.
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