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Global IT Leaders to Flock to Pyeongchang to Witness World’s First 5G
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Global IT Leaders to Flock to Pyeongchang to Witness World’s First 5G
  • By Michael Herh
  • February 8, 2018, 00:30
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Leaders in the global telecom industry such as top executives of Nokia, Intel, Ericsson-LG and Huawei will visit Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Leaders in the global telecom industry such as top executives of Nokia, Intel, Ericsson-LG and Huawei will visit Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

 

Global telecom industry big shots will fly into Korea to see the world's first 5G mobile communication during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. They are expected to directly observe the status of 5G, apply what they will see in Korea to their own 5G strategies and strengthen cooperation with Korean companies in Korea preparing the early commercialization of 5G in 2019.

According to telecom industry sources, movers and shakers in the global telecom industry such as top executives of Nokia, Intel, Ericsson-LG and Huawei will visit Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Raziv Suri, CEO of Nokia, Bryan Krzanich, CEO of Intel and Patrick Johansson, CEO of Ericsson-LG among other people will discuss close cooperation on 5G with Korean companies such as KT and Samsung Electronics.

In particular, Nokia has shown a keen interest in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. Last September, Nokia officials met with Hwang Chang-kyu, chairman of KT, and discussed intensively on ways for cooperation on next-generation mobile communication technology including 5G. "We are focused on Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province," Nokia vice president Lauri Oksanen said in an interview with the media last year. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei is also scheduled to visit Pyeongchang. It seems that Yu’s visit aims at winning orders for 5G telecom equipment from Korean telecom companies which will hold bids for 5G telecom equipment.

KT has led global standardization by creating the 5G-SIG, a 5G standard for the Pyeongchang Olympic Games with Samsung Electronics, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson which develop 5G technology.

In actuality, Pyeongchang Olympic 5G infrastructure will be built, based on the 5G SIG standard, too. "5G demonstrations in Pyeongchang will determine the future direction of 5G standardization. This is why the world is paying a lot of attention to Pyeongchang," said an industry representative.

In addition to VIPs of the telecom industry, big wigs of the global ICT industry are also exploring possibilities of visiting Pyeongchang. It is said that Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and Zhang Ya-qin, chairman of Baidu, China's largest Internet company, are considering visiting Korea. Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, is highly likely to attend the opening ceremony of the global winter sports festival in Pyeongchang. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games is the first stage where the Alibaba Group will participate as a global sponsor of the Olympic Games.

Korea is predicting that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games will be a venue for ICT competition that can rival the Consumer Electric Show (CES) and the Mobile World Congress (MWC). This is because artificial intelligence (AI) services, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the internet of things (IoT) and UHD video technology will be showcased during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Visitors can use translation and interpretation services based on AI or experience winter Olympic games via VR devices in Incheon International Airport and the Pyeongchang and Gangneung areas. UHD terrestrial broadcasting will also be introduced for the first time in the world during the Olympic period.

Global telecom industry big shots will fly into Korea to see the world's first 5G mobile communication during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. They are expected to directly observe the status of 5G, apply what they will see in Korea to their own 5G strategies and strengthen cooperation with Korean companies in Korea preparing the early commercialization of 5G in 2019.

According to telecom industry sources, movers and shakers in the global telecom industry such as top executives of Nokia, Intel, Ericsson-LG and Huawei will visit Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Raziv Suri, CEO of Nokia, Bryan Krzanich, CEO of Intel and Patrick Johansson, CEO of Ericsson-LG among other people will discuss close cooperation on 5G with Korean companies such as KT and Samsung Electronics.

In particular, Nokia has shown a keen interest in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. Last September, Nokia officials met with Hwang Chang-kyu, chairman of KT, and discussed intensively on ways for cooperation on next-generation mobile communication technology including 5G. "We are focused on Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province," Nokia vice president Lauri Oksanen said in an interview with the media last year. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei is also scheduled to visit Pyeongchang. It seems that Yu’s visit aims at winning orders for 5G telecom equipment from Korean telecom companies which will hold bids for 5G telecom equipment.

KT has led global standardization by creating the 5G-SIG, a 5G standard for the Pyeongchang Olympic Games with Samsung Electronics, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson which develop 5G technology.

In actuality, Pyeongchang Olympic 5G infrastructure will be built, based on the 5G SIG standard, too. "5G demonstrations in Pyeongchang will determine the future direction of 5G standardization. This is why the world is paying a lot of attention to Pyeongchang," said an industry representative.

In addition to VIPs of the telecom industry, big wigs of the global ICT industry are also exploring possibilities of visiting Pyeongchang. It is said that Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and Zhang Ya-qin, chairman of Baidu, China's largest Internet company, are considering visiting Korea. Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, is highly likely to attend the opening ceremony of the global winter sports festival in Pyeongchang. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games is the first stage where the Alibaba Group will participate as a global sponsor of the Olympic Games.

Korea is predicting that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games will be a venue for ICT competition that can rival the Consumer Electric Show (CES) and the Mobile World Congress (MWC). This is because artificial intelligence (AI) services, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the internet of things (IoT) and UHD video technology will be showcased during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Visitors can use translation and interpretation services based on AI or experience winter Olympic games via VR devices in Incheon International Airport and the Pyeongchang and Gangneung areas. UHD terrestrial broadcasting will also be introduced for the first time in the world during the Olympic period.