South Korea’s LG Uplus has completed the cell planning necessary to deploy a stable 5G network, the telco has confirmed to the Korea Times. The preparations were carried out in conjunction with French firm Forsk, which utilised its ‘Atoll’ optimisation software, and mean that LG Uplus will be able to launch its 5G signal on 1 December, covering Seoul and other metropolitan cities. As such, the 5G signal will initially be used by 5G-compatible Wi-Fi routers, with mobile handset access expected to follow in March 2019.
Choi Ju-sik, a vice president in charge of 5G at LG Uplus, told the newspaper: ‘We are counting down to the opening of the 5G era. We will spur efforts to construct 5G networks and develop services in order to bring substantive benefits to our customers and [drive] growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.’