Singtel and SK Telecom to build next-gen networks

08 July 2024

Singtel and SK Telecom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build next-generation telecommunications networks over the next two years.

The collaboration aims to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI), orchestration tools, and deepen the domain knowledge of network virtualisation and other technologies, central to laying the groundwork for 6G.

SKT and Singtel will produce a white paper on their advancements in areas such as virtualisation, slicing and network evolution that can help other telcos globally to capitalise on the capabilities of 5G and to prepare for 6G.

"The collaboration between SKT and Singtel marks a significant first step in shaping the future of the global telecommunications industry. By combining the strengths of both companies, we aim to achieve significant advancements in next-generation communication technologies such as 6G and AI infrastructure,” said SK Telecom.

"We're keen to capitalise on the myriad of capabilities this technology has to offer, especially in the areas of network slicing and with the inclusion of AI. With SKT, 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,” said Singtel.

The key Initiatives of the partnership include:

AI and edge computing: Integrating edge computing with AI inference to enhance connectivity and deliver unique AI services, reducing the computational load on the cloud.
Network virtualisation and slicing: Developing a fully-disaggregated mobile network and expanding network slicing capabilities to meet diverse industry demands.
Standardised APIs: Creating standardised telco APIs through an Open Gateway to foster service growth in sectors like fintech, identity, smart mobility, gaming, and Web3.
Orchestration platforms: Collaborating on efficient orchestration platforms like Singtel CUBE to automate and coordinate network functions, streamlining service delivery.