KT Planning to Establish Pangyo as the Second Testbed for 5G Network

Feb 23, 2017

It won’t be long before people start seeing KT’s 5th generation connected car on streets of Pangyo.
Followed by Pyeongchang, second testbed for 5G mobile network service will be established in Pangyo.
It is confirmed that KT submitted its plan to Ministry of Science, ICP and Future Planning (MSIP) in order to receive an additional approval to use 5G experimental station in Pangyo.
KT is planning to demonstrate V2X technology that maximizes safety by having a vehicle utilize 5G mobile network and communicate with surrounding vehicles or infrastructures. Its goal is to have self-driving cars be driven on streets by working with automotive manufacturers.
KT believes that its technologies are completed before it tests them in actual settings.
KT’s Convergence Technical Institute succeeded in demonstrating 5G-based V2X technologies in last August and is working to increase level of perfection of these technologies as they are able to produce 2.3Gbps speed through 5G mobile network, which will be a basis for connected cars, within indoor setting.
KT is planning to form Pangyo as the second ‘5G service test cluster’ by testing and demonstrating 5G connected cars in Pangyo.

KT made an announcement on the 17th that it has established and is operating ‘Pyeongchang 5G Center’ at Pyeongchang Alpensia Ski Jump Center.  KT’s executives and employees are testing equipment and devices such as base stations and antennas that obey ‘5G-SIG standards’ at Pyeongchang 5G Center. <KT made an announcement on the 17th that it has established and is operating ‘Pyeongchang 5G Center’ at Pyeongchang Alpensia Ski Jump Center. KT’s executives and employees are testing equipment and devices such as base stations and antennas that obey ‘5G-SIG standards’ at Pyeongchang 5G Center.>

Because Pangyo has high population density and high-tech city infrastructures, it is seen as an optimal place that will increase level of perfection of 5G services before 5G is officially commercialized in 2019.
It is likely that it will be easy to utilize infrastructures in Pangyo since Gyeonggi-do is building infrastructures for self-driving cars in Pangyo with a goal of creating IoT-based (Internet of Things) Smart City.
By utilizing Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, which is being operated in Pangyo, KT is planning to have plentiful of 5G services by working with variety of small and medium businesses.
Based on demonstration of automotive services that are combined with safety and entertainment, KT is expecting that this demonstration will expand towards other variety of services such as VR (Virtual Reality) and AR(Augmented Reality).
Pangyo is also meaningful from an aspect that KT is trying to secure variety of regions as bases for demonstration of services in advance since it cannot exclusively use ‘2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 5G’ after 2018.
“We presented our overall plan to MSIP in order to expand demonstrations of our 5G services.” said a representative for KT. “We are going to carry out preemptive tests and improve our 5G services in order to secure an upper hand in competitions for 5G services.”
Staff Reporter Park, Jisung | jisung@etnews.com

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