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SK Telecom and Singtel Partner to Pioneer Next-Gen 6G Networks

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Korean carrier SK Telecom and Singaporean telecommunication company Singtel recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop next-generation telecom networks within the next two years. This collaboration aims to explore the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), orchestration tools, and further the domain knowledge in network virtualization.

Under the agreement, both firms will focus on constructing the foundational technologies needed for future 6G systems. This partnership will emphasize edge-AI infrastructure development to enhance network capabilities and customer service offerings. Improved connectivity and faster service restoration are among the anticipated benefits, ultimately enhancing customer satisfaction.

Additionally, SK Telecom and Singtel plan to produce a white paper detailing advancements in areas like virtualization, slicing, and network evolution. This white paper aims to help other telecom operators harness the capabilities of 5G technology and pave the way for 6G development.

Kang Jong-ryeol, head of ICT infra at SK Telecom, remarked, “By combining the strengths of both companies, we aim to achieve efficient high-performance network construction, enhance network stability and discover new network-based services. Additionally, we will strive to make significant advancements in next-generation communication technologies, including AI-powered wired and wireless infrastructure.”

Tay Yeow Lian, managing director of networks at Singtel, added, “As a global leader in 5G technology, we’re keen to capitalize on the myriad of capabilities this technology has to offer, especially in the areas of network slicing and with the inclusion of AI. With SK Telecom, we’re looking to not only enhance the experience of our customers but to also drive industry innovation and help us prepare for the evolution to 6G.”

Further solidifying their commitment to advanced telco technologies, SK Telecom and Singtel are founding members of the Global Telco AI Alliance, along with Deutsche Telekom, e&, and SoftBank Corp. This alliance aims to accelerate AI integration within the telecom sector and develop new AI-driven business models. In June 2024, the members signed a joint venture agreement to co-develop and launch multilingual Large Language Models (LLMs) tailored to telco needs.

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