Korean operators have joined forces to become the world’s first nationwide provision of 5G commercial services, with drones a key part of the development plan.
Ericsson won the 5G commercial deal with KT to support commercially available smartphones in Korea, commencing early April 2019.
Wi-Fi signal is often used to maintain contact between pilot and drone, notwithstanding the limitations associated with the range and transmitter. According to mobile service providers, the use of 5G opens up new dimensions in innovative drone applications, including live-saving services.
Under this initial commercial contract, Ericsson will provide 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio hardware and software from Ericsson’s complete 5G platform to cover KT’s 3.5 GHz Non-Standalone network.
In addition to mobile phones, KT’s 5G commercialization use case plans covers: drones, smart factories, safety, and connected vehicles.
Ericsson 5G can also enable KT to open up the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 opportunities to Korean enterprises on a global scale.
Jinho Choi, vice president, Access Network Design, KT, said: “Having worked successfully with Ericsson on 4G LTE, we are pleased to continue that partnership to make our 5G ambitions a reality with Ericsson’s leading 5G technology.
“Korea is one of the most competitive and technology-advanced markets in the world. By taking a global lead to enable nationwide commercial 5G services through commercially available 5G smartphones, KT is demonstrating our commitment to our customers and showing how we can drive a global 5G ecosystem where Korea plays a key role.”