Posted : 2017-09-17 15:39
Updated : 2017-09-17 18:35

KT provides high-speed internet to US

A KT employee tests the download speed of a GiGA Wire internet service, Friday, placed in Haynes House Apartments in Boston. Courtesy of KT

By Kang Seung-woo

KT has started supplying its key internet technology to Boston, the Seoul-based company said, Sunday.

The service, named "GiGA Wire" using copper lines instead of fiber-optic cables, allows internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) that is 10 times faster than before.

KT and Boston held a launch ceremony in the U.S. city, Friday (local time), which Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu and Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge attended.

This is the first time for a Korean telecom company to establish its internet technology in the United States.

In June, the nation's leading telecommunications firm signed a three-way memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city of Boston and internet service company netBlazr to participate in the U.S. city's Digital Equity Project for a better internet infrastructure.

Under the agreement, KT is now providing the high-speed internet to 130 households in downtown Boston. NetBlazr, designated by Boston, is responsible for operating and maintaining equipment and handling customer support.

Boston, one of America's oldest cities, has a large number of buildings which are over 60 years old, so it was not easy to upgrade the network infrastructure. However, KT's advanced technology can improve their internet environment without damaging old buildings and it has received rave responses.

Robin Jeffreys, who lives at Haynes House Apartments in Boston, was quoted as saying that a simple switch of an internet modem allows him to enjoy much faster internet speeds.

The American was also surprised at Korea's advanced information technology (IT), according to KT.

While making Boston the initial proving ground of GiGA Wire internet in the U.S., KT is seeking to expand its network and smart systems businesses in San Francisco and other American cities.

The internet made its start in the U.S. more than 50 years ago, but the country ranked 22nd in the world in terms of the fiber-optic internet coverage.

"KT hopes that the establishment of GiGA Wire in Boston will contribute to beefing up Korean-U.S. cooperation in the IT industry," Hwang said.

"On the back of its advanced ICT technology, KT will develop successful business models in other countries as well as the U.S."

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