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SK Telecom to develop delivery robot service using 5G tech

All News 10:46 August 04, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Tuesday it has partnered with the country's top delivery operator Woowa Brothers Corp. to develop a robot delivery service using 5G technology.

The two companies signed an agreement to introduce SK Telecom's 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) technology into Woowa Brothers' autonomous delivery robot, according to a statement from SK Telecom.

Woowa Brothers currently operates the delivery robot in limited areas in Suwon, south of Seoul, based on the 4G LTE network. The two companies have tested the 5G technology on the delivery robot since June at Konkuk University's campus in eastern Seoul.

Woowa Brothers Corp.'s delivery robot roams around Konkuk University in eastern Seoul in November last year, in this photo provided by SK Telecom Co. on Aug. 4, 2020. The two companies agreed to develop an autonomous robot delivery service using 5G mobile edge computing technology. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

They expect the 5G MEC technology to improve the service's stability and accuracy.

MEC is a key technology to deliver ultra-low latency data communication in 5G networks, allowing companies to offer improved solutions in cloud gaming, smart factories and autonomous driving. It minimizes latency by providing a "shortcut" for data transmission through small-scale data centers at 5G base stations.

SK Telecom said the two companies plan to deploy the service in areas unreachable by vehicles and during hours difficult to operate for delivery workers.

The telecom operator has lately focused on developing robot services using 5G MEC technology.

In a separate statement, the carrier said it has partnered with local robotics firm Robotis Co. to develop an autonomous robot for factories using 5G MEC.

The two companies plan to deploy the robot in factories for tasks such as remote maintenance and cargo loading.


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