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Samsung and LG Set Up Research Centers on 6G Telecommunications
Head Start in 6G Technology Development
Samsung and LG Set Up Research Centers on 6G Telecommunications
  • By Kim Eun-jin
  • June 5, 2019, 10:10
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Park Il-pyung (left), president and CTO of LG Electronics, and Lee Sang-yeop, director of the KAIST Institute, pose for a commemorative photo at the opening ceremony for the LG Electronics-KAIST 6G Research Center held in Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, on Jan. 28.

Electronics and LG Electronics have launched their 6G mobile telecommunications research centers to take the lead in development of next-generation mobile technologies.

Samsung Research, a research and development (R&D) organization of Samsung Electronics, has recently established the Next-Generation Communication Research Center. Thus far, Samsung Research's Standard Research Team has carried out research on 6G. However, the team was absorbed by the newly established center, which is the largest among Samsung Research’s units. The center will consist of the 6G Research Team, the Leading Solution Team, and the Standard Research Team.

Prior to that, LG Electronics joined hands with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to launch the LGE-KAIST 6G Research Center in January. The center is housed in the KAIST Institute at Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea. Cho Dong-ho, professor of electrical and electronics engineering, is heading up the research center. LG Electronics announced its strategy to lead global standardization on 6G and create new business opportunities through the research center.

6G is a next-generation communication technology expected to be commercialized after 2030. Although 6G has yet to be defined, it is expected to usher in the era of the “Ambient Internet of Environment (AIoE)” that goes beyond the internet of things (IoT) to connect all environments.

Accordingly, the United States and China have already started 6G research even before the commercialization of 5G services. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics plan to preempt the 6G market as they did in the 5G era.