South Korea plans to launch its first sixth-generation (6G) network in 2028. As part of the K-Network 2030 plan, South Korea will secure "world-class" 6G technologies, innovate the "software-based next-generation mobile network" and strengthen the network supply chain.
The government will incentivise local companies to produce equipment, parts, and materials for 6G technology in South Korea. It will develop an open radio access network that is compatible with any device and enables mobile carriers and enterprises to provide flexible services.
Meanwhile South Korea is conducting a feasibility study for a research and development project on core 6G technologies. The project is worth US$482 million.
According to the country's Ministry of Science and ICT, the country is carrying out these efforts in a bid to secure an early dominance of the future wireless frequencies. The plan is also aimed at helping the country retain its position in the global competition for future network infrastructure.
South Korean companies took the lead in 5G development and accounted for 25.9% of the number of 5G patents last year. It wants to have 30 per cent of the 6G patents.