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SKT inks with Telekom, Ericsson for key 5G technology

By Kim Young-won
  • Published : Jun 30, 2016 - 17:28
  • Updated : Jun 30, 2016 - 17:28
[THE INVESTOR] Korean network operator SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson to develop core technologies for the next-generation network, or 5G.

Through the partnership, the three will conduct trial tests of key 5G technologies including network functions virtualization, software-defined telecommunications infrastructure, and distributed cloud, all of which will provide optimized end-user experiences, SKT said on Thursday.

 
SK Telecom‘s booth for 5G technologies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February (SK Telecom)

The Korean telecom firm and Deutsche Telekom of Germany will jointly developer 5G use cases, conducting global marketing promotions, and work on commercializing the next-gen network technologies.

SKT chief technology officer Choi Jin-sung participated in a panel discussion with the theme “Beyond speed into a new paradigm” at the GSMA Network 2020 Summit.

“CTO Choi shared SK Telecom’s vision that the 5G system will make people’s lives safer, more efficient and more pleasant and interesting by offering personalized and customized services based on open platforms unlike the former generations of mobile networks,” the Korean firm said in a press release.

By Kim Young-won (wone0102@heraldcorp.com)