SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading mobile operator, announced on August 22 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding for business cooperation with South Korean 5G telecommunications equipment companies, HFR and NTELS.
The three companies plan to launch a B2B business that provides customized “5G Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) solutions” to foreign companies and public institutions that operate or plan to introduce 5G networks.
5G MEC is a technology that provides ultra-low latency communication by separately placing a small data center in the base station closest to the service user. As major countries around the world begin to market 5G private networks, the 5G MEC, which improves the connectivity and security of 5G dedicated networks, is gaining attention.
Currently, manufacturing companies and public institutions in the United States, Japan and Germany are modernizing the new ICT industry, such as smart factories, robots and drones, by building proprietary 5G networks in limited areas.
Omdia, a market research company, has predicted that the global 5G dedicated networking market will reach approximately $ 4.6 billion by 2025.
Recently, in the global telecommunications equipment industry, an analysis has been made that the potential demand for 5G dedicated networks in the world will reach around 14.5 million.
For example, if a manufacturing company that is assigned a dedicated 5G network frequency to build a smart factory has difficulty establishing a communications infrastructure, SK Telecom and the two companies will build 5G MEC equipment and software that is will adapt to the plant system and provide future maintenance services.
SK Telecom provides an “all-in-one” solution that combines remote network interworking and edge computing functions, allowing companies with no experience in building and operating networks to use easily 5G dedicated networks and 5G MEC services.
SK Telecom will develop new MEC 5G products and oversee the business. HFR will establish a global network link function and operate overseas sales channels, while Ntels will be in charge of 5G MEC platform development, service maintenance and customer support.
“We anticipate that the new ICT industry, such as smart factories and robots, will grow rapidly on the basis of 5G MEC,” said Kim Yoon, CTO of SK Telecom. “We plan to provide 5G MEC solutions with specialized services to various enterprises and public companies. institutions around the world.
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