Telecom Asia Awards 2018: Switching on the 5G advantage with innovation

Telecom Asia staff writer
Telecom Asia
Best 5G Technology Trailblazer

KT

5G has an uplink dilemma. Two-way interactive services require higher uplink speeds, requiring overhauling the backhaul bandwidth - an expensive proposition.

“5G-based services will require a relatively higher uplink bandwidth than 4G LTE offers, where the downlink speed mostly matters for the user experience,” said Lee Su-Kil, senior vice president, KT Corp’s network research technology support unit. 

So, the South Korean operator decided to take a different tact: integrating the 5G access network with its ubiquitous fixed broadband optical network.

“We believe that this approach will give us a competitive edge over other operators in terms of the quality of the user experience,” said Lee. It is also the key reason why it was named Best 5G Technology Trailblazer.  

This article first appeared on Telecom Asia December July 2018 Edition

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