SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Naver Corp., South Korea’s dominant Internet portal and search engine, said Friday that it plans to support streaming of 4K content on mobile platforms following the launch of fifth-generation (5G) mobile network service next month.
“We will be able to support high-resolution livestreaming service as the lag time will be shortened when the 5G network is installed,” Kang In-cheol, a Naver official, said during a tech forum held in Seoul.
The country’s mobile carriers are set to launch the world’s first 5G services in March, which would promise far faster speeds for mobile phones. Current 4G LTE devices don’t support 5G, which means mobile carriers need to build new infrastructure.
“We are currently developing technology that allows 4K or full HD content as only 720p resolution-based livestreaming is available under the current mobile environment,” Kang said.
Naver has been making various efforts to transmit high-resolution content, such as applying a High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoder on its livestreaming platform, Naver V Live.
The platform allows K-pop celebrities to broadcast live videos on the Internet and live chat with fans from around the globe. Streaming is available online, as well as Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms.
Naver said it also plans to apply deep learning systems based on artificial intelligence to its streaming service, which would reduce the latency in networks.