Far away, but not so far away, when 4G networks were launched, European and American companies dominated the market. The balance shifted to Asia with the arrival of 5G.
South Korea was at the forefront of this technology, with 25.9% of patents.
What does this mean? It means a company anywhere in the world that wants to develop 5G technology will have to use a quarter of South Korean technology. And it will have to pay for the rights to use the patents, which generates significant passive income for Korean companies. This will help South Korea retain its leadership in network infrastructure.
Undoubtedly, the investment of US$480 million for research, development, and implementation of 6G networks will be highly profitable, encouraging local companies to redouble their efforts.
The strong commitment of some governments to technological development is clearly evidenced by the announcement that South Korea plans to launch its own sixth-generation networks by 2028.
The plan calls for a pilot test in 2026 in order to meet the goal of having a fully functional 6G network by 2028.
This initiative is part of the K-Network 2030 plan, whose main objective is to ensure South Korea’s dominant position with 6G technology globally.
It is good to clarify that 5G networks have not yet been developed to their full potential because there is much disparity in implementing the necessary infrastructures to achieve the transmission speeds and latency it can offer.
Therefore, the values as far as 6G can go are theoretical, but what can be assumed is that a latency of 0.1 milliseconds will be sought, making the transmission almost in real-time.
It goes without saying that Samsung is an active partner in developing 6G networks. The South Korean company has stated that with the implementation of this new technology, data upload and download speeds will multiply, with peaks of up to 1,000 Gbps.
This could be a vital step for sectors such as medicine and automobiles.
South Korea is the fourth power in Asia, but thanks to a technology development strategy, it can lead the market. In 2022, China accounted for 26.8% of 5G technology patents, while South Korea took 25.9%. When comparing the size of the two countries, the merit of the smaller one stands out even more. And their ambition does not stop, as they estimate that with the deployment of 6G networks, they can reach 30% of patents, to become leaders against other countries.
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