S. Korean telcos to share 5G networks in remote areas

Can you even imagine? US telco’s are too busy entrenching to do anything like this for the public good.

S. Korean telcos to share 5G networks in remote areas:

South Korea’s three major mobile carriers will share their 5G networks in remote coastal and farm towns in a move to accelerate the rollout of the latest generation networks, the ICT ministry said Thursday.

The carriers — SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. — signed an agreement so that 5G users can have access to the high-speed network regardless of the carrier they are subscribed to in 131 remote locations across the country, according to the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Under the plan, a 5G user would be able to use other carrier networks in such regions that are not serviced by his or her carrier.

The ministry said telecom operators will test the network sharing system before the end of this year and aim for complete commercialization in phases by 2024.

The ministry said the selected remote regions are sparsely populated, with a population density of 92 people per square kilometer, compared with those without network sharing at 3,490 people per square kilometer.

The move comes as the country races to establish nationwide 5G coverage, with network equipment currently installed in major cities.

The three telecom operators promised in July last year to invest up to 25.7 trillion won ($23.02 billion) to update their network infrastructure by 2022.

As of February, the country had 13.66 million 5G subscriptions, accounting for 19 percent of its total mobile users. South Korea was the world’s first country to commercialize 5G in April 2019. (Yonhap)

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Nothing is the ultimate anything

Channable – Nix is the ultimate DevOps toolkit
— Read on tech.channable.com/posts/2021-04-09-nix-is-the-ultimate-devops-toolkit.html

It’s not. I didn’t read the article, but I don’t have to. Why?

Invariably, articles like this start egalitarian. A problem is stated and this tool solved it. Beer and or profits ensue.

Lo and behold, it worked in other situations … in the same environment.

Wasn’t this great? Won’t this be as great for you?

Cut to — no, it won’t. Why? My org is maybe like yours but not close enough. Or not at all close to yours. My edge cases are different. My almost edge cases are different. My org has this thing, and this other thing, and …

Stop pretending your “solution” is more than a local one from which others can learn elements that might address something in their environment. THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET, EVER, ANYWHERE, ALWAYS. There is no piece of software or shiny new device, diet, service, workout, process, or whatever that will solve your problems.

A magic bullet presupposes a lack of agency, that if your workflow doesn’t fit in this specific vortex of productivity you’re doing it wrong.

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Thinking out loud about: Cars; or the absence thereof

Midori isn't quite this old.
I loved not owning or having a car for the three years I lived in Tokyo. And I was sans auto for many months before I left the States.

While I like Midori, my 13+ year Toyota, I would love to hand her off to someone else.

During the pandemic she was mostly parked. The occasional drives could easily have been done in another family vehicle or postponed. Now I’m in Korea for 2 months. She is collecting tree detritus.

I’ve got an adult child living with me who has a car. I have a girlfriend who has a car. I still have the above referenced sister’s family vehicles available. All of these options depend on their willingness to let me “car share”, a.k.a. mooch, or be opportunistic (“You’re heading down the mountain? Would you mind taking me by the used book store?”).

I also have grocery delivery, perhaps the best thing to take on wide spread acceptance after testing and vaccines and masks and social distancing during COVID-19 (some ethical issues remain).

Do I need a car? My work is either at home or, well, in places like Seoul.

Probably not.

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