5G: South Korea SK Telecom Opens Research Facility

South Korea Mobile Carrier, SK Telecom, says they are working on a Fifth generation Mobile Network, with the opening of a research facility in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province.

The Country currently enjoys the world fastest internet network, so it thus make a great deal of sense to say they are on track in their quest to take humanity to the next level of internet speed.


Models pose with virtual reality products at SK Telecom`s 5G Playground, an R&D cetner, in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday. Credit: SKT


As reportedly demonstrated by the company, 5G will have a speed of 19.1gbps, nearly 250 times faster than the 75mbps of 4G LTE network launched in July 2011 -- is the world’s fastest network technology.

What this means is that you can download 1.5GB Movie in Nano-seconds

The company said it will have a test network running by 2017, ahead of the 2020 set date for commercial usage of 5G.

The 5G Playground, located in the wireless firm’s office in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, features places where visitors can have a firsthand experience of virtual reality technology and test bed labs to conduct joint R&D projects with global IT firms including Samsung Electronics, Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and Rohde & Schwarz. The Korea Herald reports.

“SKT will spare no efforts to achieve the world’s first commercialization of the 5G network,” Choi Jin-sung, the company’s chief technology officer, told reporters during the R&D center’s opening ceremony.
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