Ericsson, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom plan to deploy world’s first 5G transcontinental trial network in South Korea and Germany. The plan was initially revealed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, China.
The trio will use key 5G technologies such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), software-defined infrastructure (SDI), distributed cloud and network slicing for the 5G trial deployment. Ericsson will undertake the responsibility to establish the necessary infrastructure. The partners will collaborate on 5G ecosystem development, global marketing promotions and potential standardization activities.
Commenting on the initiative, Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO & Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom said, “5G is very different from its predecessors in that the system is built as a platform to provide tailored services optimized for individual customer’s needs, at a global scale. Through this three-party collaboration, we will be able to better understand and build a 5G system that can provide consistent and enhanced user experience across the globe.”
“Network slicing roaming will be the key enabler to support customers’ international operations with an optimized experience,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom. In October 2015, Ericsson and SK Telecom conducted a successful demonstration of network slicing technology.
“5G will enable innovative use cases on a global scale. Ericsson is committed to ecosystems and cross-industry collaboration to help realize this potential and ensure the full benefits of 5G reach people, business and society everywhere as quickly as possible,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson.