Korea also leads the global 6G market…”World’s first commercialization in 2030″
South Korea presented a strategy to lead the global market in key technologies and standardization fields with the aim of commercializing the world’s first 6G mobile communication. Ahead of the commercialization of 6G by 2030, the U.S. and the U.K. are promoting a 6G strategy focusing on the spread of open LAN and China is promoting empirical application services.
The Ministry of Science and ICT held the opening ceremony of Mobile Korea 2022 at the Samjeong Hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 1st.
The event will consist of “6G Global” on the 1st and 2nd and “5G Vertical Summit” on the 3rd and 4th to discuss the latest global technology trends. The U.S. and China, as well as Japan and the European Union (EU) governments and companies, which are engaged in extreme confrontations, will discuss technology trends in one place.
The Ministry of Science and ICT announced Korea’s strategy to secure global 6G leadership. Starting with actively participating in the establishment of the ITU’s 6G vision in 2023, Korea will demonstrate Free 6G in 2026 and challenge the world’s first 6G commercialization within 2030.
South Korea launches a three-stage strategy. First of all, the government will provide research and development (R&D) to areas where it is difficult for the private sector to invest to secure key technologies in areas such as materials and parts. Based on the technology secured, it plans to secure a number of standard patents in response to global standardization. Its goal is to build the world’s most advanced 6G infrastructure based on the technology and patents it has secured.
Shim Kyu-yeol, head of the Ministry of Science and ICT, said, “While global competition is intensifying, Korea is making efforts to lead 6G standardization,” and stressed, “We will spread future convergence services based on 6G.”
Nice Gündelsberger, deputy director of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced the FCC’s 6G strategy. The FCC focused on supporting 6G commercialization centered on private Next-G Alliance based on preemptive and timely supply of frequencies. The FCC plans to supply up to 500MHz of new frequencies within the range of 7 to 24GHz, including 12.7GHz band in the medium and large areas, so that 6G can be operated stably. It will also discover next-generation mobile frequencies for 6G in the range of 95GHz to 3Thz. Open LAN technology will also be promoted as an important task.
Liu Yulin, deputy director of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information, introduced technology development trends centered on the ‘IMT-2030 Promotion Group’, a 6G expert committee. China formed six working groups within the committee: △ Demanding companies △ Wireless technology △ Network technology △ Frequency standardization, International cooperation △ Economic society, and started research projects. From the beginning of 6G R&D, it will focus on 9 use cases. The plan is to lead the global market with commercialization and application technology in mind.
Peter Stuckman, secretary-general of the European Commission on Network, Content and Technology (EC), introduced the EU’s “cooperation”-oriented 6G development strategy. The EU is promoting 6G R&D with policy goals of creating economic value, industrial leadership, sustainable development, and realizing open technologies. The plan is to apply 5G’s evolution technology to 6G, focusing on the Hexa-X project in which the public and private sectors collaborated.
At the event, government officials from Japan, Germany, and Britain, and SK Telecom, KT, and Samsung Electronics also announced the current status of 6G research. The Korea 5G Forum and the EU 6G R&D group 6G-IA also signed a business agreement (MoU) that promises cooperation such as continuous exchange in the 6G vision, standardization, and frequency fields.