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India-South Korea take to table to discuss setting up labs for #5G tests


India-South Korea take to table to discuss setting up labs for #5G tests

NEW DELHI: South Korea has a glorious history of spearheading research and development ventures of highly advanced telecommunication technologies. In fact, the country enjoyed the 2nd position in the Informative Communication Technology Index that was released by the International Telecommunication Union in the year 2017. India, on the other hand, was ranked 134th in the index.

That this South Korean achievement is not left unnoticed by the South Block is evident from the fact that India is looking forward to setting up multiple laboratories for testing 5G technology in collaboration with South Korea. In fact, the two countries are looking forward to holding a series of meetings to evaluate the feasibility of this joint venture.

An official from the Ministry of Telecommunication was quoted as saying that the discussion between the Ministry and its South Korean counterpart are already underway to chalk out a feasible collaboration in the area of telecommunication in a number of areas, which also include setting up of a series of laboratories testing 5G technology.

As per the latest report published by ITU, more than 90 percent of South Korean households are able to avail in excess of 1000 Mbps broadband speed service. Detailing on the subject, the statement further informed that the Telecom Minister, Mr. Manoj Sinha took the initiative to set up the partnership between the two counties when he visited Spain to represent India in the Mobile World Congress.

The release further stated that the Government is already planning to sign a MoU with South Korean to further enhance the area of collaboration in telecommunication. As per the latest statistics, South Korean will be amongst the first counties in the world to start 5G telecom service. In fact, the country’s telecom operators are already done with successfully conducting trial runs of 5G service when PyeongChang hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The press release also added that Minister Sinha has already announced in the Parliament that India will also be one of the countries who will be starting 5G telecom services very soon. He reiterated that this collaboration with South Korea will enable India to give its plan of rolling out the 5G service a shot in its arm. As per the experts and the seasoned players of the telecom sector, India is likely to initiate its 5G services once the modalities and standards and other parameters for this new technology are settled by UTI in the year 2019.

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