November 19, 2019

SKT to develop 6G network tech with Nokia, Ericsson

PUBLISHED : June 16, 2019 - 16:50

UPDATED : June 16, 2019 - 17:08

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South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom said on June 16 it will develop the sixth-generation network technology with Nokia and Ericsson, as the Korean government seeks to enhance economic ties with Nordic countries.

The telecom firm signed memorandums of understanding for research and development cooperation with the two companies based in Finland and Sweden.

While there are still no technological standards for what constitutes a 6G network, and its preceding 5G network is only available in a few countries, the bilateral cooperation will help us take the lead in the competitive tech industry,” SKT noted.

“The agreement will act as an opportunity to enhance our relationship with Nokia and Ericsson,” said SKT’s CTO Park Jin-hyo. “We will enhance more R&D cooperation with the companies in future.” 

Park Jin-hyo, CTO and head of the SKT ICT R&DCenter (left) and Tommi Uitto, president of Nokia Mobile Network, shake hands during a MOU signing ceremony.

Having met with Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri and Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm, Park said SKT had “close consultations” about technological requirements for a 6G network and a business models using the futuristic technology.

The company added that it also discussing on ways to advance the current 5G technology, agreeing first to develop sophisticated network technologies and incorporate them in its commercial network.

Technologies under the joint research program include ultrareliable and low latency wireless network and multiple-input and -output antenna technology. They will also study on how to apply artificial intelligence to a standalone 5G network.

“The agreement allows us to further enhance our partnership with Nokia and Ericsson, which have maintained close cooperation on 5G and (its previous) 4G Long Term Evolution network,” SKT said in a press release.

The announcement came after President Moon Jae-in wrapped up his eight-day trip to Sweden, Finland and Norway. He said Sunday the tour will help the government’s efforts to boost the economy and inter-Korean relations.

Given the Nordic countries’ edge in technology and environment sector, the government has pledged to launch various joint initiatives by designating Sweden as a hub for multilateral cooperation.

By establishing a scientific research center in Stockholm, the Ministry of Science and ICT said it will begin an academic exchange program with the Nobel Foundation, starting with an academic conference in Seoul next March.

The ministry also has agreed to launch joint research projects on the health implications of fine dust as part of its united front with the Sweden to fight against pressing environmental issues.

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