The Ministry of Science and ICT on Oct. 15 said it will supply an unlicensed 6-gigahertz frequency band. The photo shows a KT technician on Sept. 24 installing equipment to boost Wi-Fi quality at a market in Seoul's Jung-gu District. (Yonhap News)

By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung

The speed of Wi-Fi will get five times faster. 

The Ministry of Science and ICT on Oct. 15 said it will supply an unlicensed 6-gigahertz frequency band.

This means broader channel width and more channels than those of existing Wi-Fi, allowing data transmission at the same speed as that of 5G.

The new service will feature a massive boost in communication speed, and be made available free to everyone at crowded public and indoor facilities such as large-size cafes, schools and public transit stations.

To launch the six-gigahertz band, the ministry said it will not only supply the service but also promote support for next-generation Wi-Fi demonstration projects and their commercial application by small and medium companies.




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President Moon Jae-in on Aug. 18 gives a speech at Changdeok Girls' Middle School in Seoul's Jung-gu District at a meeting on the "Green Smart School" project.

By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae
Photos = Yonhap News

President Moon Jae-in on Aug. 18 called education "a core investment field for a new future" and said he hopes for changes in the people's daily life through the "Green Smart School" project under the Korean New Deal.

He said this in a morning videoconference with municipal and provincial superintendents of education after visiting Changdeok Girls' Middle School in Seoul to experience smart education. Changdeok is classified as a green smart school.

The project is one of the ten key tasks of the Korean New Deal announced on July 14 by President Moon. The plan is to turn schools nationwide with aging buildings into high-tech learning facilities based on digital and eco-friendly technology.

The president's visit reflected his intent to set up an educational environment that enables integrated education offline and online anytime and anywhere.

President Moon said online and offline courses were successfully implemented through the nation's first online opening of the school year amid COVID-19 and a thorough quarantine system, thanking schools, students and parents for such success.

The project will receive funding of KRW 18.5 trillion by 2025 to make groundbreaking improvements to an estimated 2,835 schools with old facilities. The government expects the project to create 150,000 jobs and play a pivotal role in reducing CO2 emissions.

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President Moon Jae-in on Aug. 18 participates in a science class utilizing augmented reality technology at Seoul's Changdeok Girls' Middle School, which is classified as a green smart school.



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