South Korea’s strategy: Enhancing national security with 6G satellite tech

By advancing 6G technology, South Korea aims to enhance its defense capabilities, improve emergency response, and support various applications such as urban air mobility, in-flight networks, and maritime communication for vessels.

6G network connecting technology concept

South Korea is rapidly advancing its space technology through a collaboration between the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and the Agency for Defense Development (ADD). This partnership aims to pioneer 6G satellite communication technology, encompassing initiatives like CubeSats, Project 425, the Korean Positioning System (KPS), and low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication. Their goal is to dominate the domestic market and establish a robust global presence, especially with the finalised framework for IMT-2030 by the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) in June 2023, envisioning the rollout of 6G services in the 2030s.

South Korea’s ETRI and ADD collaboration blends ground-based and LEO satellite communication for 6G technology. This union enhances defense capabilities and competitiveness in space tech. LEO satellites promise diverse applications, from defense and urban air mobility to maritime communication, highlighting the importance of integrated services for emergency preparedness in 6G.