SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson plan to cooperate in the development of the 5G core network, it was announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai held late in June.
Through the partnership, the three parties will deploy a trial network in Korea and Germany based on network functions virtualization, software-defined telecommunications infrastructure, distributed cloud, and network slicing technologies. The aim of the trial is to optimize end-to-end network across sovereign borders.
The alliance will also jointly develop 5G use cases, conduct global marketing promotions, and work for potential standardization.
And they have already made progress. During the conference, SK Telecom and Ericsson demonstrated 26.9 Gbps transmission speed over the air, one of the fastest transmission speeds demonstrated so far.
Additionally, they displayed software-defined telecommunications infrastructure, which is a platform where all the components, such as CPU, memory and storage, are disaggregated as customizable modules to enable the dynamic composition of the network components to meet scale requirements of 5G services, such as network slicing. The platform will be applied to the 5G pilot system by the end of 2016.