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South Korea to Invest $1.5 Billion into 5G Research

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South Korea's government is looking to pump as much as USD1.5 billion into developing 5G based mobile networks.

The country's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said that it was looking to develop and start trials of 5G services by 2017, with the expectation that commercial services could start in 2020.

The Ministry is now seeking input, and funding from the country's three mobile networks, as well as the network infrastructure vendors to develop the standards for the mobile service.

To a degree, the Ministry is simply pushing ahead a programme that already exists at a number of companies that have already started thinking about what lies beyond 4G services.

In recent weeks, the European Commission agreed to pump EUR700 million worth of investment into 5G research, while ETSI has been discussing it at its latest meeting.

5G has yet to be defined, but some factors which will shape the development of 5G systems are already known. The fifth generation of mobile systems will have to achieve ubiquitous very-high-speed connectivity at reduced cost. But 5G needs to offer more than a faster 4G system. Data traffic will continue to increase dramatically over time, as will the number of devices connected to mobile networks, with probes, sensors, actuators, meters and machines contributing to this surge.

From a user's perspective, 5G networks will need to be more available, dependable and reliable, offering increased speed, better throughput, decreased latency and improved device autonomy……at an affordable cost for users.

In other news, the Ministry has also announced that smartphone users will have to be given the option to delete mobile apps pre-installed into the phones by networks, or retailers. The change comes into effect from April.

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