ICT ministry to offer communications support at PyeongChang Olympics

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ICT ministry said Monday it has formed a team to offer support at the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in the country by utilizing its information and communications technology (ICT).

The task force will draw up detailed plans to apply state-of-the-art technology at the sports event, including by offering video calls powered by the fifth-generation network and studios with Ultra HD (UHD) displays, said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

The task force is composed of government staff and officials from tech firms such as Samsung Electronics Co. and KT Corp.

"The ICT sector has been playing a crucial role in recent Olympics Games, compared with the past when technology only focused on measuring game results and providing records," the ministry said. "Now, the ICT lies at the heart of the Olympics' success."

"We plan to let the world know more about the country's superior ICT technologies and services via the Olympics, and generate growth momentum for new industries," the ministry added.

South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, about 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province. The city won the bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2011 in its third try. It will be South Korea's first hosting of a Winter Olympics.

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