The rollout of 5G wireless communications technology will undoubtedly reshape how consumers get their audio and video content. And, 5G’s growth in the U.S. is a key focus of the Ajit Pai-led FCC.
Now, not only 5G but 6G are getting a boost from a joint research and development pact signed between South Korea’s SK Telecom and three cell phone makers.
Signing a Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with SK Telecom are Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, respectively.
Each of the three companies will work closely with SK Telecom for the advancement of 5G network technologies.
They will jointly promote development and commercialization of advanced 5G technologies, including ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC), enhanced multi-input multi-output (MIMO), differentiated 28GHz technology, and standalone (SA) 5G network.
Moreover, SK Telecom will conduct joint research and development activities with the three network equipment providers in the field of 6G mobile network technologies.
Through close consultations, they will draft technical requirements and new business models for 6G.
“Through strengthened cooperation with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom will be able to secure the world’s best 5G quality and lead the way towards 6G mobile network communications,” said Park Jin-hyo, Chief Technology Officer and Head of ICT R&D Center of SK Telecom.
SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea, with a nearly 50% market share.
It is also widely viewed as a pioneer of all generations of mobile networks; the company has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network on December 1, 2018.