SK Telecom, Ericsson Partner on pilot 5G network

SK Telecom has partnered up with Ericsson to build an end pilot trial system for 5G network. They will build a network that will integrate both the wireless networks and wired infrastructure required for a 5G system. The trial network will allow both companies to test technologies (5G network slicing technology) they’ve been working on in the lab.

The companies signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for the trial system at Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.

“5G will be a hundred times faster than LTE networks with data transfer rate projected to be over 20Gbps. When 5G is commercialized, we will be able to transfer ultra-high data such as holograms and virtual reality that we cannot transfer in the current (4G) speed.” said the operator in a statement.

For this project, SK Telecom is also working with Finnish vendor Nokia, which will be helping the operator on developing core technologies for the 5G network.

South Korean telcos, including SK Telecom, are very optimistic about commercial 5G network by 2020. However, they might launch 5G services earlier if possible.

They are also planning to demonstrate 5G network technology at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.