SK Telecom, Ericsson Team Up on 5G Network Slicing
SEOUL -- SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, SK Telecom and Ericsson will develop and deploy network slicing technology optimized for 5G services. The two companies will also continue their existing partnership to build a joint 5G test bed starting this year with the ambition to provide the world’s most advanced end to end 5G pilot services.
5G introduces services with widely varying service requirements. For example, offerings such as virtual reality, augmented reality, super multi-view video streaming, and holograms require the network to deliver a large amount of content in real-time with minimal delay. On the other hand, there are also services such as the Internet of Things, where sensors sporadically send and receive small amounts of data on a massive scale simultaneously. Designing and implementing a single 5G network architecture that can satisfy these diverse service requirements has therefore been identified as one of the most challenging tasks.
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