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.


xuaiy@korea.kr

 

 


 

LG U+ CEO Ha Hyun Hwoi (left), KT CEO Hwang Chang-Gyu (second from left),

Minister of Science and ICT Yoo Young min (third from left) and SK Telecom CEO Park Jung Ho

pose for a photo after their meeting at the Merriott Park Center in Yeouido, Seoul, on July 17. (Yonhap News)

 

By Lee Yoonseo and Kim Young Shin

 

Three major Korean phone and data carriers -- SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ -- will jointly launch the world’s first 5G services in March 2019. This move is in response to the Moon administration’s goal to make Korea the first country in the world to actualize 5G technologies.

 

Minister of Science and ICT Yoo Young min held a meeting with the CEOs of the three companies -- LG U+ CEO Ha Hyun Hwoi, KT CEO Hwang Chang-Gyu and SK Telecom CEO Park Jung Ho -- to discuss the commercialization of 5G services, at the Marriott Park Center in Yeouido, Seoul, on July 17.

 

“In order to make Korea the first country to commercialize 5G technology and to dominate the global market, suppliers should avoid competition to be first,” said Minister Yoo. “I urge your three companies to cooperate with each other on this.”

 

“To allow all related industry entities to share the benefits of the first-mover advantage, you three companies should try to grow together by keeping a win-win partnership,” Yoo said.

 

“We will vitalize the industrial ecosystem, as well as 5G network investments, as we develop our competitiveness,” said the SK Telecom CEO.

 

“Generally, 4G services were related to B2C businesses, but currently only a small number of B2C businesses remain,” said the KT CEO. “More investments are needed in the new 5G services as they are more related to B2B business models and more related to the public interest.”

 

The LG U+ CEO also said that his company will launch 5G services as per the schedule suggested by the government.

 

The three companies will finish selecting their equipment providers next month and begin building a commercial network in September.

 

clo1120@korea.kr

 

 

 


Image credit: SendBird

 

This is the eleventh post in our series: Discover Korea’s Tech, 

where we talk to a mix of Korean startup entrepreneurs 

who stood their own ground with their technology in Korea’s economy notoriously dominated by gigantic companies. 

Stay tuned over the coming month as we talk to Korean entrepreneurs. 

You can follow our updates @technodechina for new stories in the series. 

 

Take out your phone and go to the apps you use most frequently. 

What would say is the one feature that can be found in all of them? 

No matter the use case, they probably have a chat or messaging function.

 

Prevalence of In-App Messenger 
Let’s take a look at some of the most predominant platforms in China. 

On Didi’s app, the biggest ride-hailing App in China, users exchange messages with their drivers. 

On Taobao’s app, the biggest C2C e-commerce platform, 

you can use Alibaba Trade Manager (阿里旺旺) where consumers can talk with sellers one-on-one to learn more 

about the product or even ensure the authenticity of the product and reliability of the seller.

 

This kind of in-app messenger helped lessen trust issues for ever-increasing decentralized C2C platforms 

where individuals exchange among themselves without the company in the middle.

 

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel 
Although it is possible for all these service platforms to develop their own messaging function, 

why would you want to do recreate a service others have already perfected?

 

“Don’t reinvent the wheel,” says Mark Lee, Head of Growth at SendBird

a Silicon Valley-based startup that just graduated from Y Combinator’s 2016 batch last March.

 

no-1

Snapshot of SendBird integration (Image credit: SendBird)

 

The point is that services such as SendBird are there to help platforms establish 

in-app messaging in just minutes, the whole package from the front-end UI to the backend. 

This way, startups can focus more on the core business 

and reduce the cost of developing and maintaining the API. 

For instance, on an e-commerce platform, 

the company can fully concentrate on their commerce business, 

while SendBird implements the best chat API inside the platform to facilitate transactions.

 

“When Chinese platforms enter the global market, 

they would seek for the global service providers for their functions inside the platform,” Mark added.

 

Although in the domestic market, it is common to use Chinese service providers 

such as AliCloud whose servers are all in China. 

However, in global markets, partnering with global service providers 

who can handle the traffic from all over the world is absolutely crucial. 

This is what JoyCrafter, a Beijing-based gaming company thought when entering the global market. 

In publishing a game called ‘World Warfare’ worldwide, 

it partnered with SendBird to make sure users could seamlessly communicate with each other.

 

Mass Communication Embedded on Mobile and Web
In fact, in-app social functions are now more than mere one-on-one messaging 

but further advancing into an in-app community with open channels 

where thousands of users interact in interest based groups and live-events.

 

feature-section-01

SendBird supports public chat room, grouping, and one-on-one messaging.  (Image credit: SendBird)

 

“The more fundamental motivation behind chatting 

inside the app is to create community and maximize engagement. 

And to do this, scalability has to be guaranteed,” said Mark. 

This means that platforms should be able to handle massive amount of users at the same time.

One representation of this is on the live-streaming apps that are equipped with interactive communication. 

This marks the fastest growth in 2016 

with Facebook and Youtube introducing their own live streaming services and Twitch, 

the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. 

In China, a lot of live-streaming mobile apps have also flourished.

 

 

izvw-fxsmeif4604293

Mass communication in live streaming app in China (Image credit: Sina)

 

SendBird Provides Scalability 
Think of the technological difference between one-to-one chat and several millions of people chatting simultaneously. 

The fundamental design of programming architecture is different between the two. 

SendBird’s strength lies in the fact that it can allow for scalability, 

hosting over 100,000 concurrent viewers per live video stream for maximum engagement.

Being able to maintain the reliability of the system with ever-growing traffic 

from all over the world purely depends on the level of technology this SDK is built on 

and the location of servers (Tokyo, Singapore, and Europe for SendBird).

 

 

no-3-1

Pikicast, the leading media contents curating platform in Korea, added massive chat function through SendBird. (Image Credit: SendBird)

 

“Actually, these massive communication means a lot of data, 

precious for the platform to better understand its users and at the same time, to facilitate the process,” says Mark. 

“So, SendBird provides the clients with administration toolkits which can be used to proactively monitor 

and moderate the chat rooms and allow for automatic filtering of profanity and prevent message flooding.”

SendBird is supported by K-ICT Born2Global Center, 

a major Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science, 

ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).



http://technode.com/2016/12/29/sendbird-makes-in-app-messaging-easy-for-developers/

 

 

Image credit: SendBird

 

This is the eleventh post in our series: Discover Korea’s Tech, 

where we talk to a mix of Korean startup entrepreneurs 

who stood their own ground with their technology in Korea’s economy notoriously dominated by gigantic companies. 

Stay tuned over the coming month as we talk to Korean entrepreneurs. 

You can follow our updates @technodechina for new stories in the series. 

 

Take out your phone and go to the apps you use most frequently. 

What would say is the one feature that can be found in all of them? 

No matter the use case, they probably have a chat or messaging function.

 

Prevalence of In-App Messenger 
Let’s take a look at some of the most predominant platforms in China. 

On Didi’s app, the biggest ride-hailing App in China, users exchange messages with their drivers. 

On Taobao’s app, the biggest C2C e-commerce platform, 

you can use Alibaba Trade Manager (阿里旺旺) where consumers can talk with sellers one-on-one to learn more 

about the product or even ensure the authenticity of the product and reliability of the seller.

 

This kind of in-app messenger helped lessen trust issues for ever-increasing decentralized C2C platforms 

where individuals exchange among themselves without the company in the middle.

 

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel 
Although it is possible for all these service platforms to develop their own messaging function, 

why would you want to do recreate a service others have already perfected?

 

“Don’t reinvent the wheel,” says Mark Lee, Head of Growth at SendBird

a Silicon Valley-based startup that just graduated from Y Combinator’s 2016 batch last March.

 

no-1

Snapshot of SendBird integration (Image credit: SendBird)

 

The point is that services such as SendBird are there to help platforms establish 

in-app messaging in just minutes, the whole package from the front-end UI to the backend. 

This way, startups can focus more on the core business 

and reduce the cost of developing and maintaining the API. 

For instance, on an e-commerce platform, 

the company can fully concentrate on their commerce business, 

while SendBird implements the best chat API inside the platform to facilitate transactions.

 

“When Chinese platforms enter the global market, 

they would seek for the global service providers for their functions inside the platform,” Mark added.

 

Although in the domestic market, it is common to use Chinese service providers 

such as AliCloud whose servers are all in China. 

However, in global markets, partnering with global service providers 

who can handle the traffic from all over the world is absolutely crucial. 

This is what JoyCrafter, a Beijing-based gaming company thought when entering the global market. 

In publishing a game called ‘World Warfare’ worldwide, 

it partnered with SendBird to make sure users could seamlessly communicate with each other.

 

Mass Communication Embedded on Mobile and Web
In fact, in-app social functions are now more than mere one-on-one messaging 

but further advancing into an in-app community with open channels 

where thousands of users interact in interest based groups and live-events.

 

feature-section-01

SendBird supports public chat room, grouping, and one-on-one messaging.  (Image credit: SendBird)

 

“The more fundamental motivation behind chatting 

inside the app is to create community and maximize engagement. 

And to do this, scalability has to be guaranteed,” said Mark. 

This means that platforms should be able to handle massive amount of users at the same time.

One representation of this is on the live-streaming apps that are equipped with interactive communication. 

This marks the fastest growth in 2016 

with Facebook and Youtube introducing their own live streaming services and Twitch, 

the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. 

In China, a lot of live-streaming mobile apps have also flourished.

 

 

izvw-fxsmeif4604293

Mass communication in live streaming app in China (Image credit: Sina)

 

SendBird Provides Scalability 
Think of the technological difference between one-to-one chat and several millions of people chatting simultaneously. 

The fundamental design of programming architecture is different between the two. 

SendBird’s strength lies in the fact that it can allow for scalability, 

hosting over 100,000 concurrent viewers per live video stream for maximum engagement.

Being able to maintain the reliability of the system with ever-growing traffic 

from all over the world purely depends on the level of technology this SDK is built on 

and the location of servers (Tokyo, Singapore, and Europe for SendBird).

 

 

no-3-1

Pikicast, the leading media contents curating platform in Korea, added massive chat function through SendBird. (Image Credit: SendBird)

 

“Actually, these massive communication means a lot of data, 

precious for the platform to better understand its users and at the same time, to facilitate the process,” says Mark. 

“So, SendBird provides the clients with administration toolkits which can be used to proactively monitor 

and moderate the chat rooms and allow for automatic filtering of profanity and prevent message flooding.”

SendBird is supported by K-ICT Born2Global Center, 

a major Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science, 

ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).



http://technode.com/2016/12/29/sendbird-makes-in-app-messaging-easy-for-developers/

 

 

Image credit: SendBird

 

This is the eleventh post in our series: Discover Korea’s Tech, 

where we talk to a mix of Korean startup entrepreneurs 

who stood their own ground with their technology in Korea’s economy notoriously dominated by gigantic companies. 

Stay tuned over the coming month as we talk to Korean entrepreneurs. 

You can follow our updates @technodechina for new stories in the series. 

 

Take out your phone and go to the apps you use most frequently. 

What would say is the one feature that can be found in all of them? 

No matter the use case, they probably have a chat or messaging function.

 

Prevalence of In-App Messenger 
Let’s take a look at some of the most predominant platforms in China. 

On Didi’s app, the biggest ride-hailing App in China, users exchange messages with their drivers. 

On Taobao’s app, the biggest C2C e-commerce platform, 

you can use Alibaba Trade Manager (阿里旺旺) where consumers can talk with sellers one-on-one to learn more 

about the product or even ensure the authenticity of the product and reliability of the seller.

 

This kind of in-app messenger helped lessen trust issues for ever-increasing decentralized C2C platforms 

where individuals exchange among themselves without the company in the middle.

 

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel 
Although it is possible for all these service platforms to develop their own messaging function, 

why would you want to do recreate a service others have already perfected?

 

“Don’t reinvent the wheel,” says Mark Lee, Head of Growth at SendBird

a Silicon Valley-based startup that just graduated from Y Combinator’s 2016 batch last March.

 

no-1

Snapshot of SendBird integration (Image credit: SendBird)

 

The point is that services such as SendBird are there to help platforms establish 

in-app messaging in just minutes, the whole package from the front-end UI to the backend. 

This way, startups can focus more on the core business 

and reduce the cost of developing and maintaining the API. 

For instance, on an e-commerce platform, 

the company can fully concentrate on their commerce business, 

while SendBird implements the best chat API inside the platform to facilitate transactions.

 

“When Chinese platforms enter the global market, 

they would seek for the global service providers for their functions inside the platform,” Mark added.

 

Although in the domestic market, it is common to use Chinese service providers 

such as AliCloud whose servers are all in China. 

However, in global markets, partnering with global service providers 

who can handle the traffic from all over the world is absolutely crucial. 

This is what JoyCrafter, a Beijing-based gaming company thought when entering the global market. 

In publishing a game called ‘World Warfare’ worldwide, 

it partnered with SendBird to make sure users could seamlessly communicate with each other.

 

Mass Communication Embedded on Mobile and Web
In fact, in-app social functions are now more than mere one-on-one messaging 

but further advancing into an in-app community with open channels 

where thousands of users interact in interest based groups and live-events.

 

feature-section-01

SendBird supports public chat room, grouping, and one-on-one messaging.  (Image credit: SendBird)

 

“The more fundamental motivation behind chatting 

inside the app is to create community and maximize engagement. 

And to do this, scalability has to be guaranteed,” said Mark. 

This means that platforms should be able to handle massive amount of users at the same time.

One representation of this is on the live-streaming apps that are equipped with interactive communication. 

This marks the fastest growth in 2016 

with Facebook and Youtube introducing their own live streaming services and Twitch, 

the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. 

In China, a lot of live-streaming mobile apps have also flourished.

 

 

izvw-fxsmeif4604293

Mass communication in live streaming app in China (Image credit: Sina)

 

SendBird Provides Scalability 
Think of the technological difference between one-to-one chat and several millions of people chatting simultaneously. 

The fundamental design of programming architecture is different between the two. 

SendBird’s strength lies in the fact that it can allow for scalability, 

hosting over 100,000 concurrent viewers per live video stream for maximum engagement.

Being able to maintain the reliability of the system with ever-growing traffic 

from all over the world purely depends on the level of technology this SDK is built on 

and the location of servers (Tokyo, Singapore, and Europe for SendBird).

 

 

no-3-1

Pikicast, the leading media contents curating platform in Korea, added massive chat function through SendBird. (Image Credit: SendBird)

 

“Actually, these massive communication means a lot of data, 

precious for the platform to better understand its users and at the same time, to facilitate the process,” says Mark. 

“So, SendBird provides the clients with administration toolkits which can be used to proactively monitor 

and moderate the chat rooms and allow for automatic filtering of profanity and prevent message flooding.”

SendBird is supported by K-ICT Born2Global Center, 

a major Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science, 

ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).



http://technode.com/2016/12/29/sendbird-makes-in-app-messaging-easy-for-developers/

 

 

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