KT and Samsung Achieve 1Gbps Speed on 5G Commercial Network in Seoul
KT Corporation and Samsung announced that they have successfully achieved 1Gbps speed over the air using KT’s 5G commercial network deployed in Seoul. The network has been providing 5G mobility commercial service from December 1, 2018, in collaboration with Samsung’s Networks Business unit.
KT has used its 5G network using 3.5GHz frequency deployed in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, which comprised of Samsung’s 5G NR end-to-end network solutions including 5G radio and vCore supporting both 4G LTE and 5G simultaneously, and 5G smartphone Galaxy S10 5G. The two companies have focused on providing end users with real-world outdoor mobile experiences, achieving overall 1Gbps speed on 5G smartphone connected to 5G commercial network.
This has been one of the key accomplishments for the two companies, proving that 5G commercial network is ready to deliver stable gigabit speed for end-users since last December, signifying the impact of 5G commercialization and promising enhanced user experiences in a real outdoor environment. After KT selected Samsung as the key 5G network solution provider in November 2018, they have jointly built the 5G commercial network, on-air already from last December. Since then, they have been focusing on optimizing for both wider coverage and exponential data traffic derived by 5G’s higher speed.
As 5G commercial service for end-users is set to arrive this spring, KT announced that 5G network will be ready for end-user mobility service in 85 cities nationwide including the Seoul metropolitan area in the next few days. This includes 5G service coverage expansion throughout a number of major national highway and high-speed railways connecting cities. In addition, it will gradually cover 464 colleges and universities, subways, landmark buildings and parts of mountainous areas.