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SKT Develops New Technology Vital for Low-Latency Core Network for 6G Evolution



SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM, “SKT”) has announced that it has successfully developed technology to reduce communication delays necessary for the evolution of 6G Core Architecture. This key crucial innovation for 6G evolution was made possible through a collaboration with Intel.

The Core network is the gateway through which all voice and data traffic generated from a customer’s mobile device passes through to access the Internet network. It is a mobile communication service system that is responsible for security and service quality through the interconnection of various systems.

The 6G Core Architecture is required to have higher flexibility and safety than previous generations of communications, and to provide stable AI service quality and technologies to customers by embedding intelligent and automation technologies.

Addressing Limitations in Core Network Technology with 6G Evolution

As Core network technology continues to develop, the various systems that make up the network and the detailed functions that provide various services are also explosively increasing. As network complexity continues to increase, the process of sending and receiving messages is frequently recreated. Therefore, communication delays will increase compared to before. It is difficult to address these limitations with communication standard technologies (service communication proxies) for interconnection between unit functions within the existing Core network.

Inline Service Mesh, a technology SK Telecom and Intel developed utilising Intel Xeon processors with built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI), is capable of increasing the communication speed within the Core network by reducing latency between unit function without Proxy.

Through this technology development, AI, which requires a large amount of computation, can be applied to the Core network in a wider variety of models. SKT has already commercialised a technology that reduces wireless resources by 40% and improves connectivity by analysing the movement patterns of real users in real time. Through this cooperation, the two companies will be able to reduce communication delays by 70% and increase service efficiency by 33% in the Core network through the application of the 6G Core Architecture and ultimately enable 6G evolution.

SKT and Intel are working towards 6G evolution.

Commercialisation Is the End Goal

SKT aims to apply the results of this study to commercial equipment next year. A technical white paper has been published that describes the technology, development process, and benefits of such innovation and move 6G evolution forward.

SKT and Intel have been continuing to cooperate for research on the development of key wired/wireless mobile communication technologies for the past 10 years. Based on the results of this study, the two companies plan to continue research and development for traffic processing improvement technologies incorporating AI technology in various areas of the Core network.

“We have made another technical achievement through continuous technology development cooperation with Intel to secure leadership in 6G,” said Yu Takki, Vice President and Head of Infra Tech at SKT. “We will continue our research and make efforts to commercialize AI-based 6G Core Architecture.”

“Our research and development efforts with SK Telecom continue to deliver innovations that have been deployed by Communications Service Providers worldwide”, said Dan Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President of Intel Network & Edge Solutions Group.  “By leveraging the latest Intel Xeon processors with built in AI features, our companies are able to drive both performance and efficiency improvements that will be vital to the future Core networks..

Growing the Industry for Four Decades Now

SK Telecom has been leading the growth of the mobile industry since 1984. Now, it is taking customer experience to new heights by extending beyond connectivity. By placing AI at the core of its business, SK Telecom is rapidly transforming into an AI company. It is focusing on driving innovations in areas of telecommunications, media, AI, metaverse, cloud and connected intelligence to deliver greater value for both individuals and enterprises.