5 Korean organizations pick Samsung to build private 5G networks

The government of South Korea has an initiative to advance the country’s private 5G ecosystem, allowing non-telecom operators to build and operate 5G networks using 4.7 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum, which it dedicated frequency for private 5G networks in the country.

Samsung Electronics was selected to provide a variety of private 5G network solutions to five government agencies and private institutions in the country.

Samsung will provide its private 5G network solutions to an array of entities in the public and private sectors, including energy, safety, water resource management, medical services and medical education.

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In the public sector, Samsung will collaborate with three government agencies:

  • Korea Electric Power Corporation, the largest electric utility in Korea, plans to deploy smart grid technologies and build digital twins to enhance safety and efficiency in the workplace. The digital twin is a virtual replica of an electrical substation, and will help with remote monitoring and inspection of the entire site.
  • Korea Industrial Complex Corporation will deploy a 5G-driven digital safety platform at various work sites. Samsung will help them build an AI-based smart monitoring system for detection of fire hazards and any other security risks.
  • Korea Water Resources Corporation will build digital twins — virtual models of real-world river basins — to precisely visualize water flow and predict water disasters or flood damages. Also, digital twins of water purification plants will provide accurate AI-based simulations of the water purification process.

In the private sector, Samsung will work with two of the largest hospitals in Korea:

  • Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital will introduce smart medical services, such as a 3D rendering of computed tomography, rapid reconstruction of medical images and real-time, long-distance surgical collaboration using virtual interaction.
  • Samsung Medical Center will leverage 5G to enhance its medical education program. Some examples will include remote training using AR glasses, virtual simulation of live surgical conditions and live-streaming of 360-degree recordings of surgical operation.

For the new contracts, Samsung will deliver its private 5G network solutions, including Compact Macro, Compact Core and radios supporting the 4.7 GHz and 28 GHz bands. This new projects follow Samsung’s recent deployment of Korea’s first private 5G network at Naver’s new headquarters.