SK Telecom to Use AI to Improve Network Performance


South Korean mobile network operator SK Telecom (SKT) (NYSE: SKM) plans to enhance the robustness of its network through artificial intelligence. A collaboration with Singtel (OTCMKTS: SGAPY) is planned to combine telecommunications and AI to deepen the knowledge of network virtualization and other technologies, which will lay the building blocks for the next generation of wireless, 6G.

“By combining the strengths of both companies [SKT and Singtel], we will achieve results in building efficient high-performance networks, providing stable services, discovering new network-based services, and developing next-generation communication technologies such as AI wired and wireless infrastructure,” Kang Jong-ryeol, Head of ICT Infra at SKT, said. 

SKT and Singtel are founding members of a group called the “Global Telco AI Alliance,” which will leverage 4G and 5G technology to improve customer experience, network stability, and efficiency, according to Business Korea. Other members of the GTAA include Deutsche Telekom (OTCMKTS: DTEGY), Softbank (OTCMKTS: SFTBY), and e& (Abu Dhabi: EAND).

“The partners will also work together on developing differentiated innovative solutions to elevate their network capabilities such as Edge-AI Infrastructure, which reduce the computational burden concentrated on the cloud through edge computing,” SK Telecom said in a press release. “This initiative is expected to not only enhance connectivity but also provide customers with unique AI service offerings and enable the operators to restore services faster, thus improving the customer experience.”

Additionally, SKT and Singtel are planning a white paper on their advancements in virtualization, slicing and network evolution that can help other telcos globally to capitalize on the capabilities of 5G and to prepare for 6G.

By J. Sharpe Smith, Inside Towers Technology Editor

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