SK Telecom, Verizon Collaborating in the Field of 5G

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SK Telecom has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Verizon, the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States, to drive standardization and to conduct joint studies in the field of 5G.

The MOU signing ceremony took place at SK Telecom’s headquarters in Seoul, Korea, with the participation of Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Corporate R&D Center of SK Telecom, and Roger Gurnani, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Architect of Verizon.

Under the MOU, SK Telecom and Verizon will work together to turn co-developed 5G technical specifications into global standards. The two companies will also conduct joint studies to identify innovative 5G use cases and applications.

Following the MOU signing ceremony, the two companies held a technical coordination/cooperation meeting to share their technological progress in areas including 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), LTE and infrastructure virtualization. At the meeting, they agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the Open Compute Project (OCP) and the Mobile Central Office Rearchitected as a Datacenter(M-CORD) project.

SK Telecom and Verizon have been discussing requirements, technical specifications and plans for 5G since October 2015. Also, in February 2016, they formed a new global initiative called the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance to discuss 5G trial specifications and lead standardization of 5G technologies.

“This MOU will further strengthen and deepen our collaboration with Verizon,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Corporate R&D Center of S K Telecom. “Through joint studies and researches, SK Telecom and Verizon will develop 5G technical specifications and innovative use cases to move up the commercialization of/usher in the new era of/lead the era of 5G.”

“Verizon continues to collaborate with SK Telecom to develop 5G technologies,” said Roger Gurnani, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Architect of Verizon. “The signing of this MOU reflects our combined effort to advance the 5G ecosystem and drive technical development towards global commercialization of 5G technologies.”