South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom has extended its partnership agreement with Intel, reports Telecompaper.com on July 16, 2015. Under the terms of the extended deal, SK and Intel will jointly develop and verify 5G technologies. Specifically, SK Telecom and Intel will jointly develop 5G chipset and device prototypes, as well as Anchor-Booster Cell and Massive MIMO technology.
The two companies will work together to develop and verify 5G devices that are similar in size to the existing LTE devices for frequency bands that are highly likely to be used for pre-5G demonstrations and 5G commercialization. SK Telecom and Intel will also team up on Anchor-Booster Cell, one of the core 5G technologies that enables transmission of massive amounts of data via a combination of an LTE network and next-generation wireless LAN called WiGig.
The two partners will apply Mobile Edge Computing technology on the Anchor-Booster cell to enhance 5G by improving QoE(Quality of Experience), and developing new business models for enterprises and key verticals.
SK Telecom and Intel also agreed to develop and verify “Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output)”. Additionally, this year, SK Telecom will establish a 5G test bed at its Bundang Building, where the corporate R&D Center is located, to research and develop core 5G technologies with Intel.