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Friday’s summit will be streamed in 5G, VR


From left, Oh Seong-mok, president of KT’s network division, and Yoon Young-chan, senior presidential secretary for public affairs, pose for a photo in Seoul on Monday after KT was chosen as the telecommunications partner for the summit meeting between South and North Korea that falls on Friday. [KT]

The upcoming summit meeting between South and North Korea will be delivered to the world’s press using a high-speed 5G network provided by KT, the company said Monday.

KT, which owns the largest landline infrastructure in Korea, has been selected as the main telecommunications partner for the highly anticipated meeting scheduled for Friday. The mobile carrier was also the official partner for the past two summits - in 2000 and 2007.

To ensure seamless video transfer, the company is establishing a telecommunications infrastructure at the truce village of Panmunjom as well as the main press center at Kintex exhibition hall in Ilsan, Gyeonggi, just north of Seoul.

A press briefing held right after the summit at Panmunjom will be delivered live in 360-degree virtual reality to the main press center in Gyeonggi where most journalists will be stationed, KT said. While there will be a press room at Panmunjom, the space is limited for only roughly 50 pool reporters. Others reporters will watch a live video briefing.

According to the summit preparation committee, more than 2,800 journalists and staff members from 350 foreign and local media outlets have registered to cover the inter-Korean summit. The main press center, with the capacity to house about 3,000 people, will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, a day prior to the summit, and close on Saturday morning.

The Korean mobile carrier is hoping to use the summit to show off its top-notch telecoms infrastructure and its 5G network as it did for the recent PyeongChang Olympic Games.

KT is setting up 5G experience centers at Kintex to give the press a glimpse of the carriers’ latest 5G achievements, mostly through entertainment games. Competing carrier SK Telecom also announced on Monday that it will set up a 5G experience zone in Kintex and have reporters watch 360-degree VR videos of the summit press briefing though tablet PCs. The video sourced from KT will be delivered through SK Telecom’s own 5G technology.

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