KT Collaborates with Ericsson for 5G and IoT

KT-Collaborates-with-Ericsson-for-5G-and-IoTKT, South Korea’s leading telecom provider has signed an MoU with Ericsson to strengthen their collaboration in leading the 5G evolution and to extend this to Internet of Things (IoT).

As per the MoU, Ericsson is building a 5G indoor and outdoor test bed and also collaborating in IoT area.

During his visit to Sweden, Chang-gyu Hwang, CEO, KT said, “We are delighted to lead 5G next-generation network technologies in cooperation with Ericsson, the world-leading provider of communications technologies and services. KT is preparing to preview the world’s first, innovative 5G communications services at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. Our cooperation with Ericsson will strengthen our strategy to lead 5G and provide seamless connectivity to our consumers.”

Ericsson and KT have been working closely together to enable the Networked Society. They have successfully verified heterogeneous network carrier aggregation technology, a key element of 5G last year. More recently, they have successfully demonstrated 5G Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO with 5G mobile device equipment installed in a moving vehicle.

Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO with 5G enables the connection of a large number of small cells without interruption, and eliminates possible blind spots in coverage areas. This makes it possible to support gigabit-level wireless services like hologram video communication to moving vehicles.

Hans Vestberg said, “We will take the lead in developing 5G technologies in collaboration with KT, a leading mobile telecommunications service provider in South Korea. We will actively cooperate with KT to achieve 5G international standardization and the successful evolution toward 5G communications.”

The next generation of mobile networks, 5G is expected to be commercially available from 2020, but Ericsson already has live indoor and outdoor 5G test networks in Sweden and the US. KT will also start a 5G indoor and outdoor test bed at its R&D center this year in collaboration with Ericsson.

The two companies will jointly develop and verify 5G mobile broadband access technologies in 5G candidate frequency bands, ultra-dense network operation technologies, and 5G core technologies and systems to provide gigabit-level data speeds and connectivity with ultra-low latency.

Through this active cooperation with Ericsson on 5G development, KT aims to provide the world’s first, innovative 5G communications services at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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