By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik with Reporter Ms. Kim Ka-hee
KT (led by CEO Hyeon-Mo Ku) announced on Aug. 23, 2020, that it has established a central electric power control center in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, that manages the power use of 8 million households.
KT held an opening ceremony for its data center on Aug. 20, 2020 (local time) with key KT officials including Lee Han-seop (head of KT's second corporate business proposal management) and, from the Uzbek side, Deputy Prime Minister Sardo Umurzakov for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations. The establishment of the data center was promoted as part of an intelligent electricity meter project that controls the use of electricity throughout Uzbekistan. KT is in charge of establishing 'centralized smart meter management platform' (KT CAS) and 'National Integrated Data Center'.
In Uzbekistan, power meter checking personnel have had a hard time of visiting each and every household and check the power use manually, and it has been difficult to grasp the power loss caused by aging power infrastructure in real-time.
Establishment of a nationwide integrated data center in the KT CAS platform and power sector will allow Uzbekistan utilities to check the electricity usage, transmission, and power distribution of 8 million customers in real-time. Depending on the customer's payment status, the company remotely controlled the power supply and took prompt action on the power loss section.
The company explained that it has also been able to manage power distribution by applying different rates for each time zone of electricity use through the analysis done by artificial intelligence (AI) big data.
Uzbekistan, located in the heart of Central Asia, has the long history and tradition of the Silk Road. The Uzbek people are traditional friends of Korea who share the historical and cultural similarities with Korea, where about 180,000 Koreans from Goryeo (Korea) live there.
Recently, interest on the part of the Korean people and government in Uzbekistan, which is the center of the Silk Road Civilization, is increasing. The visa-free system for Korean tourists has been in effect since February 2018, and flights have been increased since 2019, allowing more people to come and go. It is expected that the relationship between the two countries can further develop through active exchanges between the peoples of the two countries.
In the economic field, exchanges between the two countries are developing day by day as they expand from traditional partnerships such as energy, automobiles, textiles, logistics, finance, gas and power, to various advanced and sophisticated fields like ICT, 5G, health care, and bio industry.
The number of Korean companies cooperating between the two countries are continuously on the increase.
Recently, Uzbekistan's drastic economic reform measures are improving investment conditions, so many Korean companies are expected to enter.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, Korea and Uzbekistan have been developing dynamic relations in various fields such as politics, economy, society, culture, science and technology.
President Moon Jae-in's visit to Uzbekistan in April 2019 proved an occasion for “Special Strategic Partnership.” By elevating the relationship between the two countries, the two countries are further strengthening the mutually beneficial cooperative relationship.
In particular, the exchanges between the two countries, which have been made 16 times since diplomatic relations, and the mutual trust accumulated through them, form the basis for establishing a closer relationship between Korea and Uzbekistan--like brothers that all other countries envy.
In addition, Uzbekistan is a key partner in the New Northern Policy of the Republic of Korea, which aims to pursue peace and prosperity on the Eurasian continent through the permanent settlement of peace on the Korean Peninsula.