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South Korea announces 6G development plan: invest 220 billion won in 5 years, and realize commercialization in 2028


(Observer News) According to Yonhap News and other Korean media reports, the South Korean government announced today (23rd) a “6G R&D Implementation Plan” that will invest 220 billion won (approximately 1.25 billion yuan) in the development of 6G in the next five years. Core technology, and through cooperation with China and the United States and other countries, strive to become the world’s first country to commercialize 6G by 2028. This plan was proposed by the Korean Ministry of Science, Technology, Information and Communication at today’s 6G strategy meeting. The plan specifically includes: ensuring the next generation of core original technologies, taking the lead in obtaining international standards and patents, and building a research industry foundation. In terms of the next generation of core original technologies, the South Korean government will focus on promoting ten strategies in six key areas such as low-orbit communication satellites and ultra-precision network technology to ensure that it seizes the commanding heights of 6G communication core technologies. South Korea’s “Korea Bizwire” website revealed that the South Korean government has made plans to launch 14 low-orbit satellites in 2031 to test related technologies. Yonhap News Agency and South Korean financial media “Asian Economy” (Aju Business Daily) reported In terms of international standards, the plan stated that the Korean government will take the lead in formulating a 6G development vision, and work with the Patent Office to provide comprehensive support for the development and patents of 6G core technologies. In addition, the South Korean government strives to operate 6G R&D centers in three universities within the year to cultivate senior talents through industry-university-research cooperation to lay the foundation for related technology research and development and industrial development. At the South Korea-US summit last month, the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in emerging technologies including 6G. At this meeting, the Korea Institute for Information and Communication Planning and Evaluation (IITP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed a memorandum of understanding on joint research cooperation. In addition to the United States, South Korea said that they are also cooperating with the China Institute of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and the University of Oulu in Finland. South Korea’s Minister of Science and Information and Communication, Lin Hye-sook, said in a statement, “Next-generation mobile networks are the foundation of digital innovation. We should be creative and lead the international market in the 6G era based on our experience and technology in the network field.” According to RCR Wireless News, a well-known media in the industry, in theory, South Korea’s 6G target will achieve a data transmission speed of 1TB per second, which is 5 times faster than 5G, and network latency will also be one-tenth of 5G. The South Korean government hopes to launch 6G pilot projects in 2026, covering areas such as immersive digital healthcare, auto-driving cars, smart cities, and smart factories. Last July, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics released a white paper outlining the company’s vision for 6G communications technology. Samsung emphasized that 6G’s architectural requirements include solving the problems caused by the limited computing power of mobile devices, and implementing artificial intelligence from the initial stage of technology development. As mentioned in the white paper, 6G technology will provide 50 times the peak rate of 5G networks, with a delay of one-tenth that of 5G. In addition, the completion and commercialization of the 6G standard will be as early as 2028, and large-scale commercialization may be around 2030. At the online technology conference held yesterday (22nd), Samsung said that if the 6G era comes, it will break through the physical technology limitations of the extended reality, ultra-high-resolution rendering, digital replication and other industries, and users can achieve it with their fingers. All times will finally come. We will provide the most advanced technology and solutions based on our accumulated experience in technological innovation. At present, many countries in the world have carried out 6G research, such as China, the United States, Finland, South Korea and so on. In November 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology, together with the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Natural Science Foundation of China organized a 6G technology research and development work kick-off meeting in Beijing, and established a national 6G technology research and development promotion working group and an overall expert group, China The 6G research and development was officially launched. On May 12 this year, Liu Liehong, a member of the Party Group and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, presided over a 5G/6G special meeting and listened to IMT-2020 (5G)/IMT-2030 (6G) promotion group experts on the progress of 5G and 6G work Report, research and promote the development of 5G and 6G related work. The meeting mentioned that more than 819,000 5G base stations have been built, accounting for about 70% of the global proportion; the number of 5G mobile phone terminal user connections reached 280 million, accounting for more than 80% of the global proportion; the number of 5G standard essential patent declarations accounted for more than 38% , Which has risen by nearly 5 percentage points since the first half of last year, ranking first in the world. On the basis of existing 5G, combined with technological evolution and economic and social development trends, research and propose future 6G vision requirements and application scenarios. 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