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Singtel and SK Telecom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop next-generation telecommunications networks that will improve network performance and security, while also establishing the necessary foundation for the future adoption of 6G technology.

Over the next two years, both companies will also explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and orchestration technologies and develop their expertise in network virtualization. These efforts are expected to drive innovation across the telecom industry.

Kang Jong-ryeol, Head of ICT Infra, SK Telecom, emphasized the importance of the collaboration in shaping the future of telecommunications globally.

“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 Jong-ryeol.

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Exploring the Full Capabilities of 5G

Singtel and SKT’s partnership will focus on several key areas:

  • Network Slicing: The partnership will explore improved network slicing to meet various societal and industrial needs.
  • Telco Cloud: Utilizing Singtel's telco cloud, SKT aims to develop a fully-disaggregated mobile network that enhances adaptability and scalability.
  • Standardized APIs and Open Gateway: The entities will establish standardized APIs and an Open Gateway for interoperable networks to accelerate service development in areas like fintech, identity, smart mobility, gaming, and Web3.
  • Orchestration Platforms: The entities plan to construct efficient orchestration platforms, such as Singtel CUBE, to automate network functions and streamline service delivery, preparing for the complexities of 6G networks.
  • AI Integration: The entities will harness AI to enhance operational efficiency and improve service responsiveness.

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Anna Yip, Deputy CEO and CEO Business Development, Singtel Singapore, highlighted the company’s commitment to enhancing its customers’ experience by exploring the full capabilities of the 5G technology.

“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.”

Singtel and SKT, along with Deutsche Telekom, e&, and SoftBank Corp., are founding members of the Global Telco AI Alliance, which aims to accelerate the AI revolution in the telecommunications industry and facilitate the development of innovative business models. The alliance recently entered a joint venture aimed at creating customized multilingual large language models (LLMs) for telecommunications companies.

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