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Private 5G Status in Korea (1): Private 5G Service Providers in Korea (Last updated on Dec. 27, 2023)
December 30, 2022 | By Harrison J. Son (son@netmanias.com)
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   Private 5G spectrum in Korea
 

 

 

 

Private 5G Spectrum in Korea, Source: Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)

 

   Private 5G Service Providers in Korea
 
 

 

 Private 5G

Service Providers

in Korea

  Customer's

Location

Priavte 5G Frequency Frequency Acquisition Date Private 5G Applications

5G

Vendors

 

  1. Naver Cloud 

 

 

 

 

  • The 2nd head 

  office building 

  of Naver in

  Budang[1]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28GHz (600MHz)

 

'21.12.28

 

 5G Brainless Robot

ㅇ Cloud-based autonomous driving robot powered by a 5G private network

   - High-performance processing such as indoor positioning, object

     recognition, and avoidance control is not performed in the robot, but is

     processed in the cloud through a private 5G network with ultra-low latency.
   - Since the robot has fewer processing units, it lowers manufacturing costs

     and runs longer with less battery consumption.

 

 
 

 Samsung[2]

     
 
 

  Naver Cloud, "Building a Private 5G network for Operation of Brainless Robots," GSMA Private 5G Case Study, 2022.11.15

 
 

 

   • Hoban      

  Consturction

4.7GHz (100MHz)  

Naver cloud has built a private 5G network using private frequencies (4.7GHz) at a construction site with an area of about 40,000 square meters.

 

Naver cloud has verified autonomous drones, PTT (Push To Talk), safety vests that can make video calls, wireless CCTV, and hydration heat sensors based on a private 5G network.

Samsung

 

   

 

 
 

Naver Cloud demonstrated Korea's first private 5G network at construction sites: Preventing accidents at construction sites by deploying a private 5G network, 2023.05.23

       
 
 
  2. LG CNS

  • LG Innotek

  Gumi Factory 2[3]

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28GHz (500MHz)

'22.03.31

 Inspection of defective products through AI vision camera, operation of 

 unmanned guided vehicles, provision of VR/AR drawings to workers

 

 
 
 
 

   Add 2 factories[4]

 4.7GHz (100MHz) '22.06.03

 Intelligent factory services such as autonomous mobile robots (AMR) that can

 collect information about the surrounding environment and  navigate to their 

 destination on their own while avoiding obstacles, and AI control using 4K

 and 8K ultra-high-definition video

 
 
 
 

  • Kyung Hee Univ.

  (Global Campus in  

  Yongin)[13]

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

'22.12.22

 Test site that predicts and maintains real-time conditions of intelligent factory facilities (motors), Open RAN international joint research, etc.

 

 
 
 
 

  3. SK networks

  service

 

In May 2022, SK networks service was approved by the government (MSIT: Ministry of Science and ICT) as a private 5G common carrier, becoming the third private 5G operator in South Korea after NAVER CLOUD (December 2021) and LG CNS (March 2022). 

On the same day, SK networks service was allocated private 5G frequencies of 4.7GHz (4.72-4.82GHz) and 28GHz (28.9-29.3GHz) for Central (manufacturing company), and began building a private 5G network with Ericsson EP5G solution at Central's Changwon Factory.

SK networks service provides AMR-based logistics automation services and digital twin-based monitoring and control services to the Central factory. 

Subsequently, SK networks service was allocated a private 5G frequency of 4.7 GHz (4.72-4.82GHz) in November 2022 and completed the deployment of a private 5G network with Flectory (5G Core) and Innowireless (5G Small cell) equipment at the Korea Food Industry Cluster (Foodpolis) in Iksan in December 2022.

AI-based robotics logistics transportation services utilizing autonomous forklifts, autonomous mobile robots (AMR), and palletizing robots (robot arms) are provided to the Korea Food Industry Cluster. 

 
 
 
 
 

  

 

  • Central's 

  Changwon 

  Factory[5]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28GHz (400MHz)

'22.05.26

 Implementation of a flexible production system:

 Automated factory logistics by autonomous mobile robot (AMR) operation,

 and real-time manufacturing process monitoring and simulation by

 establishing digital twin-based management and control service

 
 Ericsson[6]
     

 

 

 
 

  • Gyeongnam

  RobotLand

  Foundation

  (Changwon) and  

  Foodpolis: Korea

  National Food

  Cluster (Iksan)[12]

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 

 

'22.11.28

Changwon: Robot-based smart logistics warehouse service for SMEs

 

IksanAI-based Robotic Logistics Transportation Solution

Vision AI scans and identifies irregularly shaped and differently sized boxes on the conveyor with a 3D camera, calculates the path of the robot arm to move the boxes on the conveyor to the pallet, and delivers it to the robot. 
The 3D camera scan data and robot control commands are transmitted through a private 5G network.
It is expected to reduce the labor load of warehouse workers engaged in the logistics industry and improve stability and productivity through automation and unmanned operation of high-intensity simple labor in the logistics system. 

It can replace manual labor and operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 
Flectory
     

 

 

   Netmanias One-Shot, Case study on Private 5G service of "SK networks service" in Korea: Logistics, 2023.05.02

   SK Telecom, "Shared public logistics service using robotics and private 5G network(Korean)," Private 5G Convergence Service

  Performance Sharing Conference[14], Ministry of Science and ICT, 2022.12.20

 
 
 

  4. Nable

  Communications

  • Ewha womans

  university medical 

  center [7]

 4.7GHz (100MHz) '22.08.10

 Customized surgical AR guide for each patient using augmented reality: 3D

 scanning and modeling of the patient's body

 Real-time non-face-to-face collaboration service: Sharing of medical

 images in the limited operating room space to medical staff in the hospital 

 

 
Samsung[8]
     

 

    Nable Communications, "Surgery AR Guide Medical Service(Korean)," Private 5G Convergence Service Performance Sharing Conference[14],

   Ministry of Science and ICT, 2022.12.20

 
 
 

  5. CJ Olive

  Networks

  • CJ Songdo IDC

  (Incheon)[9]

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28GHz (600MHz)

'22.08.30

Intelligent logistics services: AI-based logistics robots, security control, etc.
Cultural service: real-time editing, real-time realistic content based on AR/VR reality, etc.

 

 
 
 
 
  6. KT MOS
 

In October 2022, KT MOS, an affiliate of KT, was approved as a private 5G common carrier by the government (Ministry of Science and ICT), becoming the sixth private 5G operator in South Korea.

 
 

 

  • Seoul National

  University Bundang 

  Hospital [10]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28HGz (600MHz)

 

'22.10.06

Improve patient convenience and provide medical services through self-driving wheel chair, AMR, 3D surgery simulation, etc.

 

 

Nokia

 

     

 

   KT, "3 key private 5G services in the public health sector - performance sharing (Korean)," Private 5G Convergence Service Performance

  Sharing Conference[14], Ministry of Science and ICT, 2022.12.20

 
 
 

  • Samsung Medical

  Center (Seoul)[10]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28HGz (600MHz)

'22.10.06

[Private 5G Applications]

Remote cooperative surgery and real-time remote surgical training services

Samsung[8]
 

Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) assigned KT MOS private 5G frequencies of 4.7 GHz (4.72-4.82 GHz) and 28 GHz (28.9-29.5 GHz) for Samsung Medical Center in October 2022, and KT MOS completed the building of a private 5G network with Samsung's 5G equipment at Samsung Medical Center in December 2022.

Samsung Medical Center offers remote cooperative surgery and real-time remote surgical training services over the private 5G network.

 

Problems with surgical education at Samsung Medical Center: When conducting on-site training for medical school students and trainee medical staff, faculty members were concerned that it would be difficult to conduct the training effectively due to space issues in which the surgeon, supporting nurses, and surgical equipment were all located in an inconvenient location.

 

Solution: 5G-based remote surgical training 
The surgeon's operation room is captured utilizing high-definition immersive video such as AR glasses, an endoscope, and a 360-degree camera, and then streamed to a medical education platform through a private 5G network.

 

In the professor's office, a specialist watches the video and guides the surgery (remote cooperative surgery).
 
Students in the seminar room can see the live surgical video while also learning from the specialist's guidance (real-time remote surgical training)

 
 

 

 

 

 

   Netmanias One-Shot, Case study on Private 5G service of "KT MOS" in Korea: Samsung Medical Center, 2023.05.04

   TI Square, "Realistic medical education service using 28GHz-based 3D HoloLens (Korean)," Private 5G Convergence Service Performance

  Sharing Conference[14], Ministry of Science and ICT, 2022.12.20

 
 
 

  7. Sejong 

  Telecom

  TLB cluster

     (Banwolshihwa

     Industrial

     Complex)[10]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz) '22.10.06

[Private 5G Applications]

Prompt response, foresight, and prevention of fatal accidents of workers through serious accident prevention services using intelligent CCTVs and IoT sensors.

 
Samsung[8]

In October 2022, Sejong Telecom was approved by the government as a private 5G common carrier, allowing it to provide private 5G services to corporate customers.

Sejong Telecom was allocated a private 5G frequency of 4.7 GHz (4.72-4.82GHz) by the government and built a private 5G network at TLB Cluster in Banwolshihwa Industrial Complex in December 2022. Based on this private 5G network, Sejong Telecom is providing predictive maintenance and industrial safety services.

Industrial safety services prevent various accidents such as workers entering the workplace without protective gear, harmful gas leaks, and overloading or speeding of mobile equipment in the workplace.

 

 

[Private 5G network Architecture]

 

 

Reason for separate construction: To spread private 5G network service to companies in the Banwol-si Hwa Industrial Complex, 5G Core is built in the total operation center(TOC) and used for common use, and only base stations are built in the new site (to reduce investment costs)

 

   Netmanias One-Shot, Case Study on Private 5G service of Sejong Telecom in Korea: Industrial Complex, 2023.04.28 

   Itsroom, "Establishment of a digital safety platform for industrial sites based on private 5G and demonstration of subscription-type service in industrial complex(Korean)," Private 5G Convergence Service Performance Sharing Conference[14], Ministry of Science and ICT, 2022.12.20

 
 
 
  8. Wizcore

  • Wi.lab in YongIn[11]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz) '22.10.28

Demonstration and education of intelligent factory services such as collaborative robots, machine vision, and autonomous mobilie robots (AMR)

 
Ericsson
           
       
 

 

 
 
  9. Newgens

  • Lotte World 

  (Seoul),

  Newgens Building

  (Anyang) [12]

 

 4.7GHz (100MHz)

 28HGz (600MHz)

'22.11.28

Lotte World: An immersive parallel reality experience based on motion sensing in the outdoor play equipment (Atlantis).

By utilizing private 5G technology in the 28GHz band, real-time large-capacity video and motion data transmission of rides, which was impossible with existing Wi-Fi, was realized. Provide customers with the same immersive and tangible services as on-site.

 

Newgens Building: demonstration of robots, AR/VR, equipment, etc

 

Lotte World Atlantis

 

Ericsson

 [Source]

 
 

    Netmanias One-Shot, Case study on Private 5G service of "Newgens" in Korea: Amusement park (Lotte World), 2023.05.12

   GAMA, "28GHz based immersive and realistic virtual experience attraction service (Korean)," Private 5G Convergence Service Performance

  Sharing Conference[14], Ministry of Science and ICT, 2022.12.20

 
 
 

[1] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, 세상을 이어주는 ‘이음5G’ 시대, 드디어 시작 - 최초로 네이버클라우드(주) 이음5G 허용, 2021.12.28

[2] Samsung Electronics, Press release, 네이버 신사옥에 삼성전자 전용 장비 활용해 5G 특화망 도입 테크컨버전스 빌딩 구축, 2022.06.02

[3] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, ㈜엘지씨엔에스에 28㎓ 대역을 포함한 이음 5G 주파수대역 허용, 2022.03.31

[4] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, 엘지씨엔에스(주)에 이음 5G 주파수 추가할당, 2022.06.03

[5] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, SK네트웍스서비스㈜에 28㎓ 대역을 포함한 이음5세대(5G) 주파수대역 허용, 2022.05.26

[6] Chosun Ilbo, 스마트폰 철수한 LG전자, 5G 특화망 장비 수주 삼성 제쳤다, 2022.05.06

[7] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, (주)네이블커뮤니케이션즈에 이음5세대(5G) 주파수할당 및 사업 변경등록 완료, 2022.08.10

[8] Samsung Electronics, Press release삼성전자 보도자료, 삼성전자, 국내 공공∙민간 분야 이음5G 장비 공급 확대, 2022.08.31

[9] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, CJ올리브네트웍스(주)에 이음5세대(5G) 주파수할당 및 사업 변경등록 완료, 2022.08.30

[10] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, ㈜케이티엠오에스북부 등 5개 기관에 이음5세대(5G) 주파수공급 및 사업 등록 완료, 2022.10.06

[11] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, 위즈코어‧한국수자원공사에 주파수공급 및 사업 등록 완료, 2022.10.28

[12] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, 이음5G, 원전 안전관리 분야 등 전국으로 확대 - 뉴젠스‧한국수력원자력‧SK네트웍스서비스‧유엔젤 주파수 공급 완료, 2022.11.28

[13] Ministry of Science and ICT, Press release, 대학, 방산으로도 이음5G 본격 확산 - 엘지씨엔에스‧한국항공우주산업‧정부청사관리본부‧엘지전자 주파수 공급 완료, 2022.12.22

[14] Ministry of Science and ICT, 5G 특화망 융합서비스 성과 공유회, 2022.12.20

[15] etnews, Flectory, SK네트웍스서비스에 5G 특화망 코어 공급, 2023.02.05

 

 

 
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