Samsung launching Korean LTE network for public safety

by: John DyeFebruary 11, 2016



Anyone who has been near a national disaster – or even just a massive sporting event – knows the frustration of clogged cellular service. This phenomenon is known as ‘the nightclub problem,’ a term I just invented on the spot because the situation is a lot like trying to communicate in a crowded club. Once everyone gets excited and confused, they start shouting, and because everyone is shouting, nobody can hear anything, so of course one must shout louder to be heard, thus contributing further to the noise. There is no time when it is more essential to be able to communicate clearly than in emergency situations, which is why Samsung is rolling out the “first live PS-LTE network in the world using the 3GPP telecommunications standard.”

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Our techno-savvy world has something of an achilles heel. We have become so reliant on instant information and communication that when we’re stripped of it, we often don’t know what to do. This Public Service LTE network will serve as a kind of failsafe, allowing smartphone users to stay in contact with each other even when national calamity is at hand, potentially saving lives.

Samsung’s network will arrive first in Seoul, where the network’s main control center is housed. Over the next few months, the network will spread to encompass the full city, then the province of Gangwon, and ultimately all of South Korea. Samsung believes they should be able to provide nationwide emergency coverage sometime in 2017.

What are your thoughts regarding Samsung’s public safety network? Will these kinds of redundant networks become standard, or will it be more important to push for the development of 5G networks capable of supporting national communication even in the event of crises? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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  • My Galaxy Prime

    I live in NY and after 9/11, I tried getting a hold of my father who sometimes works in the city. I had no idea if he was alive until I saw him later that night. This is a great feature that will definitely catch on. Maybe not in the US because the way our system is run, it’s for the government and their interests, by the government and their interests, and F the people and their interests.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Korea is the place to be when it comes to emerging technology. At this point I would be disappointed if they don’t have flying trams by 2050.

  • JimAlaska

    I don’t know if this implementation is the best way to go about this or not, but I do think that the development of this idea is a good thing. If this method doesn’t work out, like Edison and his efforts to make a light bulb, we’ll know one more way not to do it. The goal itself is a worthy one that should be worked on.