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Korean Telecom to Use 5G at PyeongChang Winter Olympics

KT’s SVP of Network Strategy announced plans to launch commercial 5G services in 2019

DAEGWALLYEONG-MYEON, PyeongChang, South Korea � Korea Telecom has announced it is ready to launch its 5G trial during the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in the city of PyeongChang from Feb. 9�5, reports

During the PyeongChang Games, KT said it will provide the following 5G-driven visual technologies:

  • �Sync view� will be used for the bobsled events. This technology will transmit live, real-time footage from the athletes� points of view.
  • �Time slice� is a 5G-dependent video streaming technology that lets viewers control the time, target and angle of what they are viewing.
  • The 360 degree VR feature, to be showcased during the ice hockey and snowboarding tournaments, will let viewers watch the game live in VR by strapping on a 5G-connected VR headset.
  • The �omni-point� view service will be available for the cross-country skiing competition, allowing viewers to catch up with a certain athlete�s performance in real time.

During a keynote presentation at Qualcomm�s 4G/5G Summit, in October 2017, KT�s SVP of Network Strategy YongGyoo Lee announced plans to launch commercial 5G services in 2019. He said KT�s 5G deployment plans initially stipulate the use of 28 GHz spectrum for urban hot spots and 3.5 GHz band for urban and rural areas, according to the same article. The Korean government has recently announced plans to award 5G spectrum in June 2018; the Ministry of Science and ICT said 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum will be auctioned.