Korea's SK Telecom to cooperate in 5G development with Ericsson

SK Telecom, Korea’s largest telco, and Swedish network giant Ericsson signed an agreement for joint research in fifth-generation (5G) technologies, reports ZDNet Korea's Park Soo-hyung.

The Monday 7 July announcement says the pair signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 6 to collaborate on technologies that have potential to become standards for 5G.

They plan to demonstrate results as soon as the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. The two will cooperate in development of next-generation small cells, ultra-wideband, low latency technology (1 milliseconds data transmission), FDD/TDD convergence, and data-transmission at gigabyte speeds, all which are “essential for evolution to 5G,” SK Telecom said in a statement.

Signed, sealed, delivered: the MOU signing ceremony

The Korean mobile carrier has previously signed a similar agreement with Finnish tech giant Nokia to cooperate in 5G.

SK Telecom has vowed to become the first telco in the world to deploy 5G networks, targeting a launch in 2020. It currently chairs ‘5G Forum,’ a partnership of companies and academia established by Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning for local cooperation in 5G development.

Ericsson is a member of METIS and 5G-PPP (5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership) and participates in over 150 global forums.