Intel Vice President Alex Quach, L, shakes hands with KT Vice President Son Jeung-yeup after agreeing to cooperate in introducing Wi-Fi 7 on the sidelines of the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona Thursday. Photo courtesy of KT

Free network connection speed will more than double

South Korea’s top telecom company KT announced on March 2 that it had joined hands with U.S. chipmaker Intel to introduce Wi-Fi 7 technology, which is more than two times faster than the current norm.

The two corporations reached the agreement on the sidelines of the 2023 Mobile World Congress, the annual tech fair that took place in Barcelona last week.

Under the partnership, the two outfits plan to cooperate in launching Wi-Fi 7, of which standards have yet to be agreed upon among related organizations.

The standardization job is expected to wrap up early next year to increase the speed of free mobile connection across the world, according to KT.

As Wi-Fi 7 would be designed to pack more data into each transmission, the speed of the technology is expected to be around 2.4 times faster than the current Wi-Fi network.

In addition, the new network would bring about multilink operation, which is aimed at enabling telecom operators to support multiple high-speed devices and virtual reality experiences.

KT plans to take charge of developing devices dubbed Wi-Fi access points, while Intel is scheduled to work on client solutions.

KT Senior Vice President Kim Byung-gyun said that KT would have a foundation to provide a perfect experience for Wi-Fi 7 through collaboration with Intel.

“KT will continue to play a pivotal role in this up-and-coming technology,” Kim said.

Intel Vice President Eric McLaughlin also noted that the two-way alliance would significantly improve the wireless connectivity experience for the firm’s customers.

Hillary Lee studied literature in Seoul. Lee has big interests on various topics including IT, BT, business and finance. Lee can be reached at homin30@hanmail.net or 82-2-6956-6698.