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Korean ministry looks to boost 5G bandwidth

19 Jan 2017

South Korea is aiming to increase the bandwidth allocated for fifth-generation services by 2018 in order to accommodate an anticipated spike in data traffic, Yonhap News Agency reports, citing comments made by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). It is understood that the ministry is planning to secure bandwidth totalling 1,300MHz, as it continues preparations for moving to 5G connectivity. No concrete information on which frequencies are being targeted have been revealed, however, although Choi Young-hae, an official in charge of policy at the MSIP, did say: ‘The ministry will form a team within this month to work on allocating 5G bandwidth and come up with the detailed plan.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, South Korea’s mobile network operators are expected to roll out trial 5G services in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, while in November 2016 KT Corp revealed it aims to commercialise 5G by 2019, a year ahead of an earlier timetable; the operator’s updated launch plans were announced at the same time as it detailed its 5G technical specifications, after reaching a consensus on these with global network and mobile chipset manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Intel and Qualcomm.

South Korea, Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)

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