South Korean telecom operator SK Telecom received two awards in the category of ‘Wireless Infrastructure Innovation’ at the recently concluded GTB Innovation Awards 2016.
One award is for ‘Lean Carrier’, a technology that enhance the user data experience and spectral efficiency by reducing the signal interference between cells. It turns on/off Cell-specific Reference Signals (CRS) depending on data traffic. SK telecom shared this award with one of the technology leaders Ericsson.
Commenting on the achievement, Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center, SK Telecom said, “SK Telecom is honored to receive this award with Ericsson as it recognizes our efforts to develop advanced LTE network technologies. SK Telecom will continue to focus on developing and introducing innovative network technologies to achieve early commercialization of the LTE-A Pro and 5G network, while providing our customers with the best quality service.”
Ericsson and SK telecom jointly applied the Lean Carrier concept to SK Telecom’s commercial LTE network in October 2015.
“Drawing on our experience from high-performance networks and projecting forward to what will be possible with 5G, we were able to innovate a solution that optimizes signaling levels in today’s 4G LTE network. Networks that employ the Ericsson Lean Carrier software upgrade will provide a better user experience. And with the shift to small cell architectures in 5G, addressing signaling interference now puts us firmly on the path to meet 2020 requirements,” commented Per Narvinger, Head of LTE, Ericsson.
Another award is for its ‘Virtualized Network Monitoring Solution.’ SK telecom shared this award with the performance assurance solution specialist Accedian. The ‘Virtualized Network Monitoring Solution’ checks the real-time performance of the end-to-end network, , from base station to core network, identifying and resolve network errors. The existing system takes at least five minutes for the performance check.
Accedian founder and CEO Patrick Ostiguy expressed his happiness in sharing the award with SK Telecom. “This award underlines the positive results achievable when innovative operators and vendors work together with a common goal in mind,” he said. “By integrating virtualized network performance instrumentation with network management and SDN control, SK Telecom and Accedian are delivering a better customer experience while elevating the operator’s competitive differentiation and revenue opportunities. The solution developed has far-reaching potential globally as operators move toward the automated orchestration that will underpin 5G networks of the future.”
The GTB Innovation Awards 2016 was held in London on May 25. Launched in 2007 by Global Telecoms Business, the GTB Innovation Awards intends to honor innovative projects involving telecoms operators and service providers around the world.