South Korea expects to be first to launch 6G network in 2028
South Korea announced on Monday that it will launch its own 6G network using world-class technology, next-generation mobile networks based on advanced software and strengthening its network supply chains. The news was announced by Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT.
The South Korean government will encourage local companies to produce materials, components and equipment for the development of its 6G network. It also plans to strengthen its supply chain to support said network. A feasibility study for 6G core technology is already underway. The project is worth 625.3 billion won (about $482.1 million).
With this initiative, South Korea aims to beat the rest of the world to 6G technology. South Korea is Asia’s fourth largest economy and accounted for 25.9% of 5G patents in 2022 (meanwhile, China accounted for 26.8%). The South Korean government hopes to surpass 30% or more of 6G patents among the competition.
6G will bring together the virtual and the real, according to Zhang Yongtao, deputy general manager of Ericsson’s technology department in China. He suggests that 6G will take holographic communication out of science fiction and reality.
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