Thursday, January 23, 2014

South Korea to Build 5G network 1,000 Times Faster Than LTE

Though there is no formal fifth generation network standard, South Korea plans to move ahead anyhow, investing 1.6 trillion won (US$1.49 billion) through 2020 to build a fifth generation network (5G), the communications technology ministry says. 

The 5G network is expected to be 1,000 times faster than the existing Long Term Evolution network.

A trial 5G network is due to be rolled out in 2017, with full commercialization in 2020.

Perhaps one way to look at the effort, aside from Korea's determination to lead mobile network evolution, is that 2G networks were lead by voice, 3G by data (messaging, email, Internet access), 4G possibly by video. Will 5G be lead by the "Internet of Things" or machine-to-machine applications. We'll see. 

The initiative also seems a way for Korean firms to attempt what Huawei has achieved, namely getting a significant share of global telecom infrastructure share. 

Huawei recall, had by 2012 gotten about 26 percent share of global telecom infrastructure sales. Today, Korea mostly serves its domestic market, and has about four percent share of infrastructure sales. 

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