09 Sep Superb 5G Technology for Cities and Communities: And It’s Development in South Korea
Cellphones that you were using today runs on a 4G technology, but in the near future, 5G technology shall be introduced worldwide, hopefully. In telecommunication lingo, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, such as internet provider. 5G is planned to be the successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones that we use today. In fact, companies such as Apple and Samsung already released 5G technology supported cellphones, but we’re here to talk about community.
5G Technology and It’s Benefit for the Community
The superfast internet services of 5G technology are already available for you to use, it is however, aren’t available everywhere yet and choices remains limited. It is the next generation of mobile internet connection, and it’s offering much faster data download and upload speeds. The average speed of 5G is at 60 Mbps to 1 Gbps, but at the peak of it’s speed, 5G can reach up to 20 Gbps. With this amazing speed, downloading an HD movie will only took us 7 seconds to finish, while a large video game will only took us an hour.
5G technology will enable us to do whatever we do now with our smartphones, but faster and better, said by Ian Fogg from OpenSignal, a mobile data analytics company. 5G is forseen by the people to serves us in a very futuristic ways, like swarms of drones co-operating to carry out search and rescue missions, fire assessments and traffic monitoring over 5G networks. It will also be crucial to assist autonomous vehicles to communicate with each other and read live map and traffic data. Video calls should become even more clear and less jerky.
For personal needs, 5G technology will provide us faster download speeds, low latency, and more capacity and connectivity for billions of devices. However, 5G can also be implemented in businesses and cities too that’s for sure. With 5G around, businesses will have enhanced efficiency, increased operational productivity and precision (but it depends on the industry sector of the company). Smart cities could use 5G technology in areas like automotive safety, infrastructure, VR, and entertainment, upgrading our ways of living.
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5G Technology in South Korea
South Korea is the country which deployed the first 5G network and is expected to stay in the lead on the 5G technology. Since the end of June 2021, the number 5G subscribers has reaced a total number of 16.47 million (data from Ministry of Science and ICT). 5G subscribers represented 23% of the total 71.63 million mobile subscriptions in the country, and that’s 16.33 million subscribers. The number of the 5G subscribers might be small for now, but it is expected to grow as companies like Samsung or Apple launches 5G-supported phones.
South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT wished to utilize 5G technology by the end of November 2021 to boost the use of 5G-related services across the country. Which allow companies to operate 5G networks across various industries and offer service such as smart factories, healthcare, robotics and smart farms. In South Korea, cities which use 5G technology the most are Seoul, Icheon, Gwangju, and Busan. Not only did the South Korea provide the people with remarkable internet services, they’re also leading the worldwide 5G race.
The Ministry of Science and ICT also targeted to cover 85 cities across the country with 5G technology by the end of 2021. The government has prepared 165.5 billion won for the budget to realize this plan, including 88 billion won on future mobility, 40 billion won on augmented and virtual reality-based entertainment content and 16 billion won for smart city projects. Another 127.9 billion won is invested this year to encourage uses of private 5G networks for public sectors to use, such as harbor facilities and the defense sector.
5G technology aside, South Korea is the lead in development of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), which is a cloud-based technology that could reduce latency by bringing the computation and storage capabilities to the edge of the network. Between 2020-2022, the government invest 120 billion won in more than 15 projects dedicated to introduce MEC to local firms and public sectors, including smart manufacturing, self-driving, telemedicine and disease control. The global MEC market is expected to to reach at $72.4 billion.
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