KT was selected as the preferred bitter for the project to build the next-generation military-broadband convergence network (M-BcN) with an injection of 633.9 billion won ($482 million) in August 2021. The mobile carrier unveiled its plan to establish a new optical cable network of more than 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) and install related equipment.
KT said in a statement on August 10 that it would link some 2,000 units across the nation including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. After establishing a smart management system for the communication network by September 2023, the company will be in charge of operation and maintenance for the M-BcN for 10 years.
"Based on the country's best network infrastructure, communication network construction technology, and experience, we will stably establish M-BcN," KT's enterprise division head Shin Soo-jung said in a statement.
The network requires wartime viability, efficient operations, and security to improve communication between military units. SK Telecom (SKT), a major domestic mobile carrier, built and operated the initial network established in 2008. SKT's contract expired this year.
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