Virtual reality and 5G networks take center stage at MWC in Barcelona
It′s the second day of the Mobile World Congress... one of the world′s largest tech event currently taking place in Barcelona.
Our very own Kim Ji－yeon is on site... she joins us from the venue.
Ji－yeon， I can see that the event is turning out to be a very popular one. Where are you standing now？ Tell us what′s dominating the Mobile World Congress this year.
″I′m at Hall number 3， one of the most crowded sites at this year′s MWC.
Around me you can see the world′s leading IT companies like Samsung and Huawei showing off their latest gadgets.″
″Mobile is Everything.″
This is the theme for this year′s Mobile World Congress.
It conveys that innovation in the mobile sector is reaching into our daily lives... and that there are very few things being created today that don′t somehow have a mobile component to them，... and this includes the virtual reality sector.
″This year′s MWC has put the spotlight on VR devices. So no surprise， the world′s largest smartphone maker Samsung Electronics even has its own VR experience corner.″
At Samsung′s 4D Experience Center，... visitors wait in a long line so they can take a virtual ride on a snow vehicle or rollercoaster.
Users put on the Gear VR headsets which generate 360－degree images with every move and turn that′s made.
The Korean tech giant is eyeing the VR sector for growth... teaming up with Facebook for its VR contents.
Still， the VR sector remains in its infant stage... and needs more user－friendly VR devices and faster connectivity to produce higher resolutions.
For that， companies like Korea－based SK Telecom have introduced a fifth generation ″5G″ network... an improved version from the current fourth generation LTE network.
″It′s going to be more than one hundred times faster than the 4G network. For example， if we download a HD movie， first you can spend around 60 seconds or so around one minute， but if you use the 5G network， within one second you can download it.″
Another company that′s providing 5G connectivity is U.S.－based Qualcomm.
They say their annual trip to Barcelona is a great business opportunity.
″So we actually speak to operators and vendors from around the world throughout the year. From the MWC it gives us a great opportunity where we can have all these influential members from the international community in one place and makes it easy for us to display what we′re working on in one place rather than having to travel around the world at different times.″
SK Telecom and its local rival KT Corporation led discussions at the MWC to formulate a global standard platform for the fifth generation network.
″The companies are preparing to provide full 5G services at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang， Korea.
I thought 4G was fast enough. I can only imagine how speedy 5G will provide us come Olympic season. Thank you， Jiyeon for that report.