South Korea plans to launch a sixth-generation network service in 2028, the country’s ICT ministry said. Thus, the launch of the service will take place two years ahead of schedule. This is done in order to ensure dominance on future wireless frequencies, writes BNN Newsroom .
According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, the K-Network 2030 plan stipulates that the South Korean government will accelerate the launch of the commercial 6G network service by two years. This will be done by leveraging world-class 6G technologies, strengthening the network supply chain, and innovating to build the next-generation software-based mobile network.
Meanwhile, the government will encourage local companies to produce the materials, parts and equipment needed to deploy 6G technology in South Korea. The government will also develop an open RAN or open radio access network compatible with any mobile device. This, in turn, will allow mobile operators and enterprises to offer flexible services to their customers.
The ministry said that a feasibility study for a research project on basic 6G technologies worth 625.3 billion won (US$481.7 million) is currently underway.
The ministry added that the advanced plan aims to help South Korea maintain its leading position in the global competition for the network infrastructure of the future, which starts after the end of the 5G network race. This is done in order to meet the rising demand for higher speed and lower delay in wireless communication.