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(LEAD) KT to offer 5G game streaming service

All News 16:09 December 20, 2019

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SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp., South Korea's leading telecommunication firm, said Friday it will start a 5G game streaming service on a subscription basis after partnering with a Taiwan-based cloud gaming solutions provider.

KT said its service allows users to play high-end PC and console video games stored on remote servers via 5G streaming, which doesn't require users to download games on mobile devices.

KT said it joined hands with Taiwan's Ubitus Inc. to set up a 5G game streaming platform. Ubitus is known for providing the clouding technology to play Nintendo Switch games via streaming.

This photo provided by KT Corp. on Dec. 20, 2019, shows the company's 5G game streaming service. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

KT's service will be offered a subscription basis, meaning users have unlimited access to some 100 game content, including popular games like Metro 2033 Redux and King of Fighters XIII.

KT said its 5G game streaming service will be officially launched in March after a two-month free service period.

With high-speed, low-latency 5G network, streaming service will be popular in the gaming industry in addition to music and movies. According to market researcher IHS Markit, the global cloud gaming industry is expected to reach US$2.5 billion in 2023 from $387 million in 2018.

KT is the latest local mobile carrier to offer cloud gaming service. Earlier this year, LG Uplus Corp. and SK Telecom Co. announced partnerships with Nvidia and Microsoft, respectively, to begin the game streaming service.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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