World Bank learns KT’s 5G knowhow

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Jun Ji-hye [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

High-level World Bank of­fi­cials vis­ited KT, Fri­day, to learn about the tele­com firm’s fifth-gen­er­a­tion (5G) net­work tech­nolo­gies and re­flect th­ese in its fu­ture pol­icy of in­tro­duc­ing 5G in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s vice pres­i­dent for in­fra­struc­ture, and Boutheina Guer­mazi, di­rec­tor of dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, toured the mobile car­rier’s R&D cen­ter in Seoul, along with Ryu Je-myung, a di­rec­tor from the Min­istry of Science and ICT.

Diop is cur­rently pre­par­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions poli­cies for en­ergy, trans­porta­tion, dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment and fi­nan­cial sup­port for in­fra­struc­ture as well as the launch of 5G net­work ser­vices in low- to mid­dle-in­come coun­tries. Ryu has been dis­patched to the World Bank and leads a project to come up with poli­cies for th­ese goals.

Dur­ing the tour, the na­tion’s largest broad­band ser­vice provider and sec­ond-largest mobile car­rier, show­cased a va­ri­ety of 5G tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing sys­tems for en­ter­prises, cloud com­put­ing and smart fac­tory sys­tems.

The World Bank of­fi­cials also checked out the tele­com com­pany’s me­dia ser­vices uti­liz­ing aug­mented and vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nolo­gies; dis­as­ter and safety man­age­ment; and en­ergy and trans­porta­tion sys­tems such as self-driv­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Diop dis­cussed the com­pany’s 5G-based fu­ture busi­nesses and its role in the ICT sec­tor to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries with KT of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Jeon Hong-beom, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent who heads the In­sti­tute of Con­ver­gence Tech­nol­ogy.

“KT played a lead­ing role in the na­tion’s launch of the world’s first com­mer­cial 5G net­work ser­vices and has since ap­plied 5G in­fra­struc­ture to a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries,” Jeon said. “KT will co­op­er­ate with the World Bank so our in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies can con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic growth of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.”

Diop said KT’s ad­vanced 5G sys­tems and their ap­pli­ca­tion in a wide range of ar­eas were im­pres­sive, adding that 5G is ex­pected to con­trib­ute to re­solv­ing var­i­ous pend­ing is­sues in agri­cul­ture, en­ergy and healthcare.

In Oc­to­ber last year, the World Bank jointly held the Dig­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship Work­shop in Seoul with the Min­istry of Science and ICT in a bid to give de­vel­op­ing na­tions an op­por­tu­nity to learn from Korea’s rapid trans­for­ma­tion and dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

At the time, ap­prox­i­mately 40 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from over 25 coun­tries in­clud­ing An­gola, In­done­sia and Uzbek­istan par­tic­i­pated in the work­shop.

Cour­tesy of KT

Makhtar Diop, right, the World Bank’s vice pres­i­dent for in­fra­struc­ture, lis­tens to a KT em­ployee’s ex­pla­na­tion about the Korean firm KT’s 5G tech­nolo­gies dur­ing his visit to the tele­com firm’s R&D cen­ter in Seoul, Fri­day.

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