SK Telecom inks transcontinental 5G trial with Ericsson and DT
5G trial includes technologies including NFV, SDTI cloud and network slicing
SHANGHAI – SK Telecom announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson to cooperate in the development of the 5G core network.
Under terms of the deal, the three parties agreed to deploy trial networks in South Korea and Germany based on a number of expected “5G” technologies including network functions virtualization, software-defined telecommunications infrastructure, distributed cloud and network slicing technologies.
The South Korean telco said the core network can be described as the control tower of telecommunication networks, performing important features to provide services including user authentication, mobility and session managements, voice calls and internet connectivity.
“SDTI is an infrastructure platform where all mobile network infrastructure components, such as CPU, memory and storage, are disaggregated as customizable modules that can be flexibly and dynamically recomposed together to provide the optimal level of infrastructure scale for various 5G services based on their requirements,” SK Telecom said in a statement.
The operator said the goal of what it claims to be the world’s first transcontinental 5G trial is to provide optimized end-user experiences by providing quality of services and roaming experiences for advanced use cases with enhanced global reach. The recently formed alliance will jointly develop 5G use cases, conduct global marketing promotions and work for potential standardization, SK Telecom said.