According to industry sources, the South Korean government, KT, SK Broadband and LG U+ are planning to launch commercial 10 Gbps Internet services within this year.
This type of services is 10 times faster than the Giga Internet, which provides a speed of 1 Gbps, and thus is capable of stably supporting major Industry 4.0 services such as high-resolution images, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
It is because the growth potential of the market is huge that the mobile carriers are concentrating on the commercialization of 10 Gbps Internet services from the beginning of this year. At present, the Giga Internet is the fastest Internet service available and the number of Giga Internet service users is increasing at a rapid pace. As of November last year, South Korea had a total of 21 million Internet service subscribers, including 6.7 million using the Giga Internet.
The mobile carriers’ efforts have to do with the policy of the South Korean government as well. Late last year, the government formed a council with the private sector to accelerate the development of commercial 10 Gbps Internet services. The government is going to achieve the purpose and establish required infrastructure with the mobile carriers via the council.