[Photo by LG Uplus Corp.]
South Korea’s mobile carrier LG Uplus Corp. has set up a base station to test its fifth generation (5G) wireless technology in Gangnam district in southern Seoul, congested with traffic and high-rise buildings.
The company announced Monday that it opened its 5G base station to start testing for its 5G technology and services using 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands. It picked Gangnam as its test base because the district jammed with tall buildings and high data traffic is a perfect place to test whether its technology can be applied in other busy downtown areas. The company said it would create 5G cluster in Gangnam to make it serve as a hub for the company to focus its efforts for commercialization of its 5G technology.
In September, the wireless carrier succeeded in testing its dual connectivity technology that provides data transmission speed of 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) by combining 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands for the first time in the nation. The company also plans to test out whether its 5G networks can work on its long term evolution (LTE) frequency bands including 800MHz, 2.6GHz, 1.8GHz.
An official from LG Uplus said that the company is almost ready to offer the 5G services as it has recently succeeded in testing the core technologies and services for 5G commercialization. “We will continue to work hard to lead the 5G era by making the services available to as many people as possible,” he added.
By Seo Dong-cheol and Choi Mira
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