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Korea and Japan to Cooperate in 5G-based Smart Drone Business
LG Uplus Joins Hands with Japan's KDDI
Korea and Japan to Cooperate in 5G-based Smart Drone Business
  • By Kim Eun-jin
  • July 1, 2019, 08:43
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Choi Joo-sik (left), vice president of LG Uplus business division,  and Makoto Takahashi, CEO of KDDI, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the 5G Summit held in Tokyo, Japan on June 27.

LG Uplus and leading Japanese telecommunications company KDDI signed an MOU to cooperate in the smart drone business at KDDI’s 5G Summit held in Tokyo, Japan, on June 27.

The two companies will cooperate in joint development of automatic drone control, a complete unmanned drone control system, and drone peripheral devices. They plan to commercialize the smart drone control system early and promote international standard.

LG Uplus and KDDI’s discussion on business cooperation took place in 2016, way before the MOU for the smart drone. The two companies have sought a chance to collaborate since then, and started regular consultations to discuss business cooperation on the overall 5G business, including the drone business, since 2017.

Choi Joo-sik, vice president of LG Uplus, said, "5G services are expected to mainly consist of fusion complex services between heterogeneous industries that go beyond traditional business areas, such as telecommunications, broadcasting, IoT and AI. In the 5G era, we plan to more actively cooperate with overseas operators to seek for new business opportunities.”

LG Uplus is promoting cooperation with overseas 5G companies, including the largest U.S. carrier Verizon, U.K.’s Vodafone, and Finland’s leading carrier Elisa.