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SK Telecom launches mobile edge computing platform

All Headlines 11:01 March 14, 2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Thursday it has established an open platform for mobile edge computing (MEC) to enhance the performance of its 5G network.

SK Telecom said the MEC platform is expected to reduce data latency period by 60 percent with a simplified data transmission structure.

Edge computing enables connected devices to process data closer to where it is created — or the "edge." This provides an alternative to sending data to a centralized cloud for processing.

The carrier said it will open the platform to external partners to make it easier to develop various services that require faster data transmission speed, including smart factories, cloud game, self-driving cars and live streaming services.

"We laid the ground for accelerating the commercial rollout of 5G service by opening the MEC platform and expanding related eco-system," Park Jin-hyo, the company's chief technology officer, said in a release. "We will continue to collaborate with various companies at home and abroad to expand MEC-based services."

A researcher of SK Telecom Co. checks a pair of augmented reality glasses in the company's mobile edge computing server center in this photo provided by the mobile carrier on March 14, 2019. (Yonhap)

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