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KT clinches 700 billion won Korean national emergency network contract

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South Korean telecommunications carrier KT and SK Telecom has been named the preferred bidders to build the nation's emergency network. KT came away with 700 billion won worth of contracts for the country's 700MHz PS-LTE emergency network. SK Telecom received 200 billion won wort,h while LG Uplus failed to win any order. South Korea is planning to build a national emergency network that will be used by the police, fire department and regional governments during disasters. All related agencies will be able to communication in real-time in all multimedia format for rescue efforts and other cooperation.


KT and Nuance to co-develop voice recognition service for cars

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KT and Nuance will co-develop voice recognition service for use in cars aimed at South Korea, the companies have announced. The Korean telco will able to use voice recognition engine of Nuance, known for providing its solution for Apple's Siri, under the partnership. Dragon Drive is currently in used by BMW, Audi, Hyundai and Toyota's some 200 million cars. Just Talk allows drivers to use voice recognition without needing to press buttons. KT will also adopt the technologies behind these services to its own AI platform Giga Genie.


KT showcases 5G tech at Jakarta Asian Games

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South Korean telco KT is showcasing its 5G technology prowess at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, the company announced. The company, together with its local counterpart Telkomsel, has set up a 5G exhibition near Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, the primary venue for the games in Indonesia. As it did for the PyeongChang Winter Games earlier this year, the company is providing a variety of offers for visitors. Free View allows users to view real-time shots in different angles and is available for badminton and basketball matches. Sync View, which gives a gallery-style view, is available for golf.


KT wins $47 million fibre-optic project in the Philippines' Luzon

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South Korean telco KT has won a project in the Philippines worth 53 billion won ($47 million) to install fibre-optic cables, the company has announced. The telco won the project from Converge ICT Solutions, a local internet service provider, to build the cable network at the northern regions of Luzon Island, the Philippines' biggest island. The project is part of Converge's plan to deploy cables nationally. Philippines is comprised of some 7,000 islands, making internet speeds sporadic depending on region, and the company hopes to overcome this by providing internet in every home. KT will build cables on around a 1,570km distance that will cover half of Luzon's 53 million residences.


KT develops AI to detect telecom failures

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KT has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) solution that can detect telecommunication failures, the company announced. The AI solution, named Dr Lauren, collects and analyses data produced by the network to find any fundamental flaws that cause telecommunication failures, the South Korean telco said. KT said the AI was designed and modelled after the company's own monitors, who manage the country's backbone networks. The telco will also apply the solution to its own entire 5G network next year. South Korea is planning to launch a 5G commercial network for consumers next year in March, with enterprise trials set to begin next month.