In East Asia, the Korean government has taken the decision to provide an additional 8 gigahertz (GHz) multipurpose spectrum to encourage the creation of Internet of Things services and products in the country.
The information and communications technology market is expected to generate 48 trillion won (US$42.9 bn) worth of new businesses by 2020, according to Business Korea.
Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said this week, that it would add the 8 GHz multipurpose spectrum, dubbed the “K-ICT Free Band”, which can be freely used once users meet minimum technological requirements to avoid radio signal interference.
The decision to provide additional spectrum is part of an effort to provide the necessary ICT requirements to meet rising demand from new network-based services such as the fifth-generation (5G) network, telemedicine, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The government plans to allocate the new spectrum for long-range Internet of Things services, 5G mobile networks, high-quality video transmissions, telemedicine services, and security systems.
The multipurpose spectrum, available in the frequency band from hundreds of MHz up to hundreds of GHs to the existing 7 GHz bandwidth, will also be used to support the production, distribution, and maintenance of 180m smart metering devices nationwide.
Aiding Internet of Things expansion
The Ministry of Science added that the production of smart metering devices alone, is expected to generate over 7,000 jobs in the Internet of Things sector alone annually, as the industry grows.
The government also expects that the new spectrum “K-ICT Free Band”, will contribute to the growth of the domestic smart home market, which is expected to reach 37.5 trillion won (US$33.5 bn) in value by 2020.
In Korea’s mobile network sector, the additional spectrum is able to support radio frequency motion sensors and smaller base stations called small cells used to cover network blind spots indoors, or in remote areas, and have been considered as one of the key technologies for a 5G network, said the ministry.
Business Korea notes that ordinary spectrums are allocated for a specific purpose, whereas multipurpose spectrums like K-ICT Free Band, can be used more freely to accommodate varied uses without complicated approval procedure.