5G Mobile to be commercialized for the world's first time by 2020
5G Mobile to be commercialized for the world's first time by 2020
  • By cheon tae-un (ctu@koreaittimes.com)
  • 승인 2014.07.16 02:47
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In 2020 Mr. Do Min-jun (37) is in New York for a 3-day business trip. He married Ms. Na Young-sim 7 years ago and has one cute daughter named Mina (7).

Ha Sung-min, CEO of SK Telecom

Mr. Do arrives at the hotel which he reserved while riding a taxi from airport. After checking in, while he is walking to the room, his phone rings. Right after he puts his device in his palm, a 3D hologram pops up; his wife says Mina has just visited a local clinic due to a fever of almost 40 degrees but she is still unwell. He makes an appointment with s pediatrician at the closest university hospital to his home after searching via his 3D hologram mobile phone.


This is what communication would look like in 2020, the 5G era. Will we really experience what we have only seen in SF films before by 2020 The era of having a communication via a 3D hologram mobile device is coming. In 2020, the commercialization of 5G will allow us to enjoy giga-speed mobile communications technologies. Users will be able to download one ultra definition movie in just 1 second thanks to the ever-developing mobile technologies.

Korea will have the world's attention for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games where the country's breakthrough 5G mobile communications technologies will be demonstrated. The next-generation 5G works at the ultra-high 28 GHz frequency unlike 4G which runs at about 2 GHz. While it takes one and a quarter minutes for one 800MB movie to be downloaded via 4G network, it takes just one second for a ultra definition movie via 5G.

In 1998 Korea successfully hosted the Seoul Olympics. Now in 2018 it plans to revive its glory with the Pyeongchang Games which will also be 'the world's first 5G Olympics' where the country will introduce a giga-speed mobile service as one of the world's IT leaders along with Europe and the U.S.. It will serve as Korea's golden opportunity to inform the world of the country's world's best mobile communications technologies.

The fierce competition for 5G is expected as Japan jumped into the market after Europe, China, and Korea. Facing the giga era, Korea's 3 major mobile operators, SK Telecom, kt, and LG Uplus, are making aggressive efforts for developing 5G technologies.

Aiming at the world's first 5G commercialization by 2020

The Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning announced 'Creative 5G Mobile Strategy’ at the 3rd Economic Ministerial Meeting on Jan. 22. It strives for 5G to be commercialized for the world’s first time by Dec. 2020 following offering a trial service for some technologies such as future SNS, mobile 3D imaging, UHD, hologram, etc. in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

To this end it, in cooperation with the private sector, will invest about 1.6 trillion KRW in 5G-related R&D, technology standardization, etc. The ministry expects the commercialization of 5G to lead to the effects on production inducement (worth 552 trillion KRW) and added-value (144) in the equipment and service fields and creates 580,000 jobs domestically within 7 years.

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) says the global and domestic markets for 5G expect to be valued at $2.3175 trillion (about 2100 trillion KRW) and $63.5 billion (68 trillion) in 2026 respectively.

Intense global competition in 5G market

Global competition accordingly will become fiercer for dominance of the 5G mobile communications market, future growth engine. The European Union (EU) officially established at the end of last year ‘5GPPP’, a group for 5G standardization, whose members include 24 communications equipment and IT firms such as Ericsson, Hwawei, and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN). In China the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) have supported R&D programs through IMT-2020, a 5G consultative group, and future forum. Japan established '2020 and beyond ad hoc’ under a standardization organization and has focused on corporations' 5G related activities last September.

In the midst of such efforts by Europe, China, and Japan, Korea's mobile operators are making strenuous efforts to dominate the market.

SK Telecom reveals its audacious plans to be the world's first operator to open the era of 5G by 2020. It will focus on not only the development of the entire ICT ecosystem including hardware, platform, and service but also the convergence with several other industries beyond just a simple network technology advancement.

Hwang Chang-gyu, Chairman & CEO of KT Corporation, Korea

The company will demonstrate its 5G at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games and do its best to become the world's first 5G mobile operators.

SK Telecom announced it established the MOU with Stockholm-based Ericsson, global communications technology and service firm, for joint research on 5G.

The two have researched and developed together the core technologies likely to be the standard for the next-generation 5G network era.

KT plans to use all its accumulated communications service capabilities and network technologies to lead the 5G market which will lead to the new digital ecosystem where all people and devices connected via network are producers as well as consumers of information.


Lee Sang-chul, Chief Executive Officer of LG U+ Vice Chairman

KT plans to use all its accumulated communications service capabilities and network technologies to lead the 5G market which will lead to the new digital ecosystem where all people and devices connected via network are producers as well as consumers of information.

The company has organized teams like the 'future convergence strategy team' and 'convergence technology team' aimed at the business strategy establishment, R&D, and commercialization of the people-oriented convergence service.

KT will continue to put forth efforts on the R&D of 5G's core source technologies in the long term and also offer 'convergence-social network service', a new convergence of virtualized radio station and mobile cloud, where customers are able to experience future communications.

It focuses on developing a giga mobile Internet service technology based on double-network frequency collection and ultra wideband expecting 1,000 times more data will be used in the 5G era.

LG Uplus is working together with Ericsson, global communications equipment firm to develop technologies. Last July Mr. Lee Sang-chul, vice president of LG Uplus, met with Mr. Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, at its Swedish headquarters and talked about their 5G joint technology development.

Mr. Lee said, "our cooperation will lead to the global standard for LTE-A as well as 5G."


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