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SKT prepares to launch 5G-like Wi-Fi service

By Song Su-hyun
  • Published : Oct 23, 2017 - 14:05
  • Updated : Oct 23, 2017 - 14:05
South Korea’s SK Telecom said Monday it has developed Wi-Fi technology that is capable of transmitting data at a maximum speed of 4.8 Gbps and an application processor.

At the company’s office in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, SKT said it had succeeded in demonstrating the highest Wi-Fi speed that is about four times faster than the current Wi-Fi used on smartphones.

SKT’s upcoming Wi-Fi technology will use four antennas and a 160 MHz frequency bandwidth, double the current Wi-Fi service, which will enable more stabilized wireless communication when commercialized. 
SKT researchers test the company's new WiFi technology in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, Monday. (SK Telecom)

The company is also preparing a Wi-Fi application processor that will help support the high-speed service when it is adopted in smartphones, particularly in densely populated areas.

SKT hopes to commercialize the newly developed Wi-Fi technology next year.

“SKT’s upcoming Wi-Fi service will be the first to reach the speed of the 5G network, which will improve convenience for mobile device users,” said Park Jin-hyo, head of network technology at SKT. 

By Song Su-hyun (song@heraldcorp.com)