South Korea to commercialize 6G network service two years earlier in 2028

By Park Yoon-bae Posted : February 20, 2023, 18:14 Updated : February 20, 2023, 18:14

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SEOUL -- The Ministry of Science and ICT plans to commercialize the sixth-generation (6G) network service in 2028, two years earlier than its initial schedule, in order to keep abreast with major advanced countries' efforts to speed up the launch of the service.
On February 20, the ministry announced the K-Network 2030 strategy of stepping up private-public cooperation to develop world-class 6G technologies, innovate the software-based next-generation mobile network and strengthen the network supply chain.
The ministry has launched a feasibility study for research and development (R&D) on core 6G technologies worth 625.3 billion won ($481.7 million) to locally produce materials, components and equipment related to the 6G network.
The ministry said that it has decided to advance the launch of the 6G service as the country cannot achieve industrial innovation without having a global competitive edge in the future network. It also plans to develop core technologies for low orbit satellite communication required for 6G and other next-generation telecommunication networks and devices.
Besides, the ministry will hold a "pre-6G vision fest" in 2026 to demonstrate the outcomes of South Korea's 6G research. It plans to invite global telecom giants, IT firms, standard experts and ranking officials from other countries to the event.
The government is also seeking to test-fire low-orbit satellites in 2027 and utilize military satellite technologies starting 2030.
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