South Korean Operator, KT has awarded Ericsson a 5G commercial contract to enable the nationwide launch of commercial 5G services starting early April 2019.
Korean operators have joined forces to target early April 2019 as the go-live date for the world’s first nationwide provision of 5G commercial services in time to support commercially available 5G smartphones.
Under this initial commercial contract – the first since Ericsson was selected as a 5G supplier to KT in November 2018 – Ericsson is providing 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software from Ericsson’s complete 5G platform to cover KT’s 3.5 GHz Non-Standalone (NSA) network.
Korean consumers are known as early adopters of technology such as advances in mobility, gaming, streaming, infotainment, and interactive functionality. All of these require large, and rapidly growing, amounts of data and bandwidth.
Such KT subscribers, with 5G smartphones, are set to be among the first globally to benefit from the enhanced mobile broadband enabled by 5G through seamless and ultra-low latency user experiences.
In addition to immersive media, KT’s 5G commercialization use case plans covers: smart factories; safety; drones; and connected vehicles. Ericsson 5G can also enable KT to open up Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 opportunities to Korean enterprises on a global scale.