Germany-based Deutsche Telekom and South Korea’s SK Telecom has partnered with several technology players from Asia, USA and Europe to enable faster development of 5G standards across the world. The program was first announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in February 2016.
During the launch of the program, Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges announced that the partnership will create amazing technologies with tangible results. Now new players are added to the venture, including AT&T, Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Samsung.
“5G is making its way forward much faster than initially expected. For 5G to be successful, early harmonization and standardization are essential. SK Telecom and DT started initial collaboration on 5G technologies and are now expanding the scope with a larger group of relevant stakeholders to promote early harmonization and expansion of the 5G ecosystem. We strongly believe that this will serve as a foundation for future standardization activities,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO, and Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom.
When the industry completes the standardization of the technology, the deployment of 5G technology will be seamless and the industry can begin using it. This will enable the technology players to deliver new experiences to customers quickly.
In 5G Research and Development, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom promised to focus on network slicing and mobile edge computing as part of a contribution to global standardization efforts. Jang Dong-hyun, president and CEO of SK Telecom, said the partnership will “unlock new growth opportunities and pave the way for the future ICT industry.”