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

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)
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)
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