Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 is scheduled to kick off in Barcelona, Spain on Feb. 25. There, major South Korean mobile carriers are expected to show off their commercial 5G services. In addition, global IT and media companies are expected to form 5G service and content partnerships with them with 5G smartphones and B2C services about to be launched.
The three mobile carriers are going to set up their exhibition booths with such global companies, too. For example, KT is going to join the GSM Association’s booth with Google, Rakuten, Huawei and Turkcell. SK Telecom shares the main hall with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Huawei, Qualcomm, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Docomo.
KT presents its disaster safety platform incorporating 5G technology, unmanned aerial vehicles and drone technology in its 5G Sky Ship Zone. KT’s 5G Sky Ship is a helium-based airship with which drones’ limits in terms of flight distance, flight duration and load weight can be overcome. In addition, high-resolution images captured by the Sky Ship can be checked in real time at a ground control center.
SK Telecom president Park Jung-ho, in the meantime, participates in the GSM Association’s board meeting in Barcelona on Feb. 24 on behalf of South Korea. At the meeting, the president of SK Telecom is going to make a presentation on its 5G Smart Office and 5G Smart Factory as B2B services as well as SK Telecom’s commercial 5G services making their debuts in the near future.
LG U+ vice chairman Ha Hyun-hwoi meets with the CEOs of Verizon, T-Mobile, Vodafone and other companies during the period in order to discuss 5G market trends and mutual cooperation. Also, the company, which recently announced its plan to acquire CJ HelloVision, is planning to seek partnership opportunities with media companies for integrated AR, VR, AI and IoT services combining broadcasting and 5G technology.