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South Korea’s 5G network went live earlier this month. KT Corp., the nation’s second largest wireless operator, claims to have launched the “world’s first nationwide commercial 5G wireless network” with enterprises and consumers now actively using the network. The operator also says it is the first to offer unlimited data plans for 5G services.

5G network services will enable numerous programs in the commercial and military sphere. It is over this backdrop that Korea’s largest mobile carrier SK Telecom and Korea Military Academy are working together to develop 5G-based training programs for military use.

The two will collaborate to create a “smart” academy that combines 5G wireless networks with the latest technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, big data, and mobility.

Their collaboration will also encompass research into quantum security and drones.


The mobile carrier aims to complete the build-out of a 5G wireless network at the academy’s Seoul campus during the first half of the year. The company said it will deliver a “customized” network that takes into consideration the security and geography of the military institution, according to zdnet.com.

Once the network is complete, the academy said it will create a VR shooting simulator and VR and AR-based command simulator for trainees.

5G’s low latency and fast speeds would allow classes to host over 200 soldiers-to-be for these programs, SK Telecom said. Trainees will also get wearable devices so that the academy can use big data and AI to consistently check their conditions.