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SK Telecom joins hands with Samsung, Intel, HPE for virtualization of 5G network

All News 09:38 September 10, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- SK Telecom Co., South Korea's top mobile carrier, said Thursday it has joined hands with global partners for commercialization of the 5G virtual network.

Under the partnership with Samsung Electronics Co., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) and Intel Corp., SK Telecom will take part in the 5G network virtualization technology development and establishment of virtualization process standards.

The network virtualization refers to a process of consolidating various network equipment functions into a software form. It allows mobile carriers to quickly introduce their 5G services because they do not have to install new hardware equipment or upgrade them.

For the project, Intel will share technologies on its Xeon processor, Ethernet network adaptor and solid state drives, while HPE will provide its virtual server ProLiant to Samsung.

SK Telecom will verify Samsung's 5G virtualization software on its 5G core and check its compatibility on the commercial network.

"The collaboration of the four companies will establish the foundation of the 5G network virtualization, which will provide better services to consumers," said Kang Jong-ryeol, who heads the ICT Infra Center at SK Telecom.

This photo provided by SK Telecom on Jan. 20, 2020, shows the company's researchers testing its 5G network communication. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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