by Park Jin-hyo, SVP and Head of Network Technology R&D Center – SK Telecom

SK Telecom: Leading the 5G revolution through open collaboration

Mobile customer demands are changing constantly, and the rate of change in the telecommunications industry needs to keep pace. To do this, we need to revolutionize how networks are built. 5G is the infrastructure that will lead the next-generation platform innovation, and will play a key role in enabling and connecting services that will become an essential part of our lives in the future.

To that end, SK Telecom is joining the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) as a leading industry operator to drive innovation in telecommunications infrastructure and mobile services. SK Telecom has been on the cutting edge of consumer network innovation for several years. We were the world’s first company to commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, and launched Korea’s first LTE service in July 2011. In 2013, we became the world’s first mobile carrier to commercialize 150Mbps LTE-Advanced, followed by 225Mbps LTE-Advanced through Carrier Aggregation in 2014. Last year, we successfully commercialized 300Mbps tri-band LTE-A CA.

Following this trend, we are now working to achieve early commercialization of 5G by aggressively developing key enabling technologies. We believe that TIP will open up new possibilities for collaboration in this area and we are keen on participating in this engineering-focused initiative. SK Telecom plans to contribute to TIP by sharing its 5G enabling technologies and services as well as network solutions based on virtualization technologies like Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization.

SK Telecom is also a member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), a Facebook-led initiative for open source hardware and data center design. We already know that this model of working in the open and cooperating on R&D efforts drives the pace of innovation in step with the increasing demands of the connected world.

We are excited to work with other TIP partners and industry leaders and lead the evolution of the telecommunications industry into the 5G era.