SK Telecom will collaborate with telecom equipment vendors Nokia and Ericsson to conduct research and development for 6G wireless networks, the company announced.
The South Korean telco will draw out the technological requirements for the next-generation network with its partners and work to find and authenticate core technologies, it said. SK Telecom signed memorandums of understanding with Nokia and Ericsson for the collaboration.
"Collaboration between companies like this will be important as the technology and standard for 6G networks is yet to be clearly defined," the South Korean company said.
The telco will also work with the telecom equipment vendors to improve its 5G networks, which was rolled out in April.
SK Telecom, together with Nokia and Ericsson, will research Ultra Reliable and Low Latency (URLLC), Distributed Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), artificial intelligence (AI) on networks, 28GHz band and 5G Stand-Alone (SA) networks to apply on commercial networks.
Ericsson and Nokia, along with Samsung Electronics, have been the major vendors for telecom equipment in building out SK Telecom's 5G network.
South Korea's 5G network has so far garnered over a million subscribers, the Ministry of Science and ICT said last week.
The country secured 260,000 subscribers for its 5G networks in the first month of deployment, with the number likely to grow at the exponential rate as more handsets that support the network are set to launch later in the year.
Earlier this month, SK Telecom announced partnerships with Cisco and Samsung to develop 5G-based smart office services.
SK Telecom, Samsung Electronics, and Cisco will collaborate to develop and launch 5G-based smart office services.
SK Telecom and Seoul metropolitan government will install 5G-enabled ADAS on 1,700 buses and taxis to develop a real-time HD map in preparation for autonomous vehicles.
SK Telecom and the Korea Military Academy will develop 5G-based training programs for soldiers, such as VR shooting simulations akin to those seen in the movie Ready Player One.
SK Telecom has signed a series of MOUs to partner on smart cities, smart hospitals, smart offices, and self-driving infrastructure backed by its 5G mobile network in Korea.