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South Korea eyes 6G network plans

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South Korea aims to deploy the world’s first commercial 6G network in 2025, with the government allocating KRW220 billion ($193.7 million) over five years to develop the core standards and technologies, according to Aju Business Daily.

Science Minister Lim Hye-sook, tenth from left, poses with the participants of the even hosted by the ministry to discuss the Korean government’s 6G strategy on Wednesday at Conrad Hotel in western Seoul. | Photo: The New York Times

According to Science and ICT Minister Lim Hye-sook, the country should take the lead because 6G will serve as a foundation for digital innovation.

According to Aju Business Daily, the ministry outlined a 6G R&D action plan during a strategy meeting attended by the government, industry leaders, and experts.

It recently agreed to collaborate with the US on 6G standards, and it has plans for similar collaborations with Finland and China.

One of the project’s primary goals is to connect satellite and terrestrial networks into a single network.

With a peak data rate of 1,000 gigabits or 1 terabyte per second, the 6G data download speed is approximately 50 times faster than 5G.

As part of its 6G research, domestic vendor Samsung previously demonstrated an end-to-end 140GHz wireless link using beamforming in terahertz spectrum.

Although formal specifications for 6G aren’t expected until around 2026, momentum has picked up in recent months as major players plan to launch commercial service around 2030.

Meanwhile, Japan and Finland agreed earlier this month to collaborate on relevant standards, while China’s government and industry experts outlined a plan in March to advance 6G between 2021 and 2025.

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