KT hopes to be­come IT leader via Olympics

The Korea Times - - PYEONGCHANG - By Kang Se­ung-woo ksw@ktimes.com

KT is gear­ing up to pro­vide sta­ble net­work ser­vices for com­mu­ni­ca­tions and broad­casts as well as fifth-gen­er­a­tion (5G) net­work tech­nolo­gies for next year’s PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics.

With a year to go be­fore the Win­ter Games, the na­tion’s No. 1 tele­com firm by sales held a cer­e­mony at KT Square in Gwangh­wa­mun, cen­tral Seoul, to mark the one-year count­down to its open­ing cer­e­mony and en­cour­age ef­forts for the event’s suc­cess.

The Win­ter Games are sched­uled for Feb. 9 through 25 in 2018 in Py­ongChang, about 180 kilo­me­ters east of Seoul.

KT be­came the first of­fi­cial part­ner for the Games, July 1, 2014. This past Oc­to­ber, it signed an agree­ment with Olympic Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices to be its net­work and tele­com part­ner.

The Seoul-based op­er­a­tor has a proven track record as it has pro­vided net­work ser­vices for key in­ter­na­tional sports events in the past, in­clud­ing the 1988 Seoul Sum­mer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2011 World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Daegu.

What is more at­ten­tion-grab­bing is KT’s plan to launch a trial 5G ser­vice for the first time in the world.

The 5G net­work is ex­pected to be 1,000 times faster than the ex­ist­ing long-term evo­lu­tion ser­vice, al­low­ing users to down­load an 800-megabyte movie in a sec­ond, com­pared to 40 sec­onds on to­day’s fastest net­work.

Ac­cord­ing to KT, the trial ser­vice will be avail­able in In­cheon and cen­tral Seoul as well as in PyeongChang, which will en­able Olympians and vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the new mo­bile tech­nol­ogy in ad­vance.

The 1964 Tokyo Sum­mer Olympics fea­tured live color tele­vi­sion footage of the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies and a se­lec­tion of the events for the first time in Olympic his­tory, help­ing Ja­pan make a quan­tum leap as a pow­er­house in the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try.

Given that, KT hopes that the trial ser­vice will serve as mo­men­tum for Korea to emerge as the leader in the global in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy sec­tor.

Among the en­vis­aged 5G tech­nolo­gies that KT plans to of­fer are Sync View, 360-de­gree live vir­tual re­al­ity, Omni-View and Holo­gram Live.

Ma­jor sports like ski jump­ing and snow­board­ing will also be filmed by the 360-de­gree vir­tual re­al­ity cam­eras, and will be broad­cast on the 5G mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion, while the Sync View ser­vice en­ables spec­ta­tors to ex­pe­ri­ences from the ath­letes’ view­points in 3D.

The Holo­gram Live ser­vice us­ing mil­lime­ter wave tech­nol­ogy to project the ath­letes on a mon­i­tor will also al­low the ath­letes to con­duct in­ter­views straight from the ski slope through holo­grams, let­ting view­ers feel as if they were right in front of them.

“As an of­fi­cial net­work ser­vice part­ner, KT has made con­certed ef­forts to en­able ath­letes and vis­i­tors to use com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices with­out in­con­ve­nience at the Olympic sites and help broadcasters trans­mit live the qua­dren­nial event for global au­di­ences,” said Kim Hyung-joon, KT’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent and head of its PyeongChang 2018 team.

Cour­tesy of KT

KT Chair­man Hwang Chang-gyu, cen­ter, and other ex­ec­u­tives at­tend an event to mark the one-year count­down to the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics at KT Square in cen­tral Seoul, Wed­nes­day.

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