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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Stupid AF

Let’s assume people aren’t Volkswagen US and foolishly release their stupid AF (April Fool) nonsense in advance. They instead wait to unleash their stupid AF horse hockey on the day.

Stupid AF kicks off in the Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and a whole whack of other countries awake to a fairly regular day. Maybe shenanigans ensue. I have yet to see any worthy of the name, yet the countries have to remain vigilant all the same.

Stupid AF moves to India and Russia, then Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Stupid AF doesn’t really hit its stride until it reaches the Americas. The U.S., in particular, relishes in its stupid AF pranks.

Here’s the thing about those stupid AF pranksters in the Americas, and the U.S. in particular, …

It’s April 2 when Asia sees it.

That means ANZ, Japan, South Korea, and a lot of others have to stay vigilant about stupid AF bullshit for at least 36-47.9 hours.

And we do this because … ?

No one actually knows.

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Alerting resembles action

Let’s talk about security fatigue for a minute.

Korean COVID-19 text alerts to be reduced amid public weariness:

This undated image shows multiple coronavirus-related emergency text messages sent out from the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters and local governments. (Yonhap)
This undated image shows multiple coronavirus-related emergency text messages sent out from the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters and local governments. (Yonhap)
The central and local governments will reduce their emergency coronavirus text alerts amid mounting complaints that frequent arrivals of such messages have increased the public weariness in the prolonged pandemic, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
The revised guidelines for coronavirus-related text alerts, which go into effect Thursday, require only essential information to be sent out to the public and for the alert system to be turned off between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

To deal with growing public fatigue on the matter, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety specifically banned releasing information such as detailed reports on new patients and their itineraries, already widely known virus rules and promotions of local governments’ virus responses.The emergency notification system has played a key role in containing COVID-19 by swiftly delivering relevant information, including details on new infection cases and antivirus measures.

There was one day last week where I received 7 alerts across my iPhone and Apple Watch. That’s 14 unactionable alerts, many of them coming stacked like in the image above.

More than 15,500 such messages were sent out by state authorities from January to February, which translates into a daily average of 263, according to data compiled by the ministry.

The figure jumped six times from 2,711 recorded in the same period last year when the country was at the early stage of the pandemic.

Never mind the fact that they are only in Korean. Most often the alerts are purely informational. They would often include a URL that pointed to the same data on-line.

But at the same time, more people have complained of its excessiveness and redundancy, with the same information available on the central and provincial governments’ websites and social media pages.

… “It is time to shift how the text alert system works considering the persistence and routinization of the pandemic,” Interior Minister Jeon Hae-cheol said, asking people to better utilize online information made available by authorities. (Yonhap)

I work with customers who have their Security Operations Center (SOC) set up to do the above – alert excessively on things that are informational or aren’t actionable or have relatively low impact to the customer. Why?

Alerting resembles action.

Knocks, yellow, reflection

Someone is knocking on a nearby hotel room door with an implement. The sound is metallic, hollow, and I can’t help but think louder for me than the intended recipient.

A yellow dust from China descended on Korea, a dust obscuring Seoul after a rainfall forecast to clear out pollution. I’m told it’s an annual event, the yellow dust.

I settled up the hotel bill for my most recent two weeks in residence. It’s like a fortnightly rent payment, a clearing of the balance sheet, a zeroing out. It’s nice.

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