SK Telecom, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung team to advance 5G
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Joseph O'Halloran
| 18 June 2019

Aiming to boost development of the mobile infrastructures, Korean operator SK Telecom has signed Memorandum of Understandings with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics for joint research and development in 5G and 6G.

Under the MOUs, SK Telecom has committed to work closely with the communications technology providers to promote jointly development and commercialisation of advanced 5G technologies, including ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC), enhanced multi-input multi-output (MIMO), differentiated 28GHz technology, and standalone (SA) 5G network.

Looking further afield, SK Telecom will also conduct joint research and development activities with the three network equipment providers in the field of 6G mobile network technologies. Through close consultations, they will draft technical requirements and new business models for 6G.

“Through strengthened cooperation with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom will be able to secure the world’s best 5G quality and lead the way towards 6G mobile network communications,” said Park Jin-hyo, chief technology officer and head of ICT R&D Centre of SK Telecom.

At the same time as signing the MOU, Ericsson announced that it has launched new software and hardware solutions to expand 5G deployment options. The new solutions are designed to extend network capacity and coverage, enabling smooth network evolution, and facilitating new consumer and industry use cases.

New functionality includes standalone new radio (NR) software to enables ‘super-fast’ response times, and a new feature to rapidly extend 5G coverage; new high-capacity Massive MIMO radios to cost-efficiently build 5G performance and coverage ; and an Edge solution for distributed cloud services, meeting user demands for high-bandwidth, low-latency applications.

“We continue to focus our efforts on helping our customers succeed with 5G,” said Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of business area networks at Ericsson. “These new solutions will allow them to follow the 5G evolution path that fits their ambitions in the simplest and most efficient way.”