Ericsson bags 5G cloud packet deal from SK Telecom

Friday, Nov 29, 2019

Telecom equipment giant Ericsson Friday said that it bagged a deal with South Korean player SK Telecom to deliver a Cloud Packet Core solution for the operator’s 5G network.

In an official statement the vendor said that its Cloud Packet Core, part of the company’s Cloud Core portfolio, will help the service provider to smoothly migrate to 5G Core (5GC) stand-alone architecture.

The deal is an extension of an existing 5G core network transformation project and will help SK Telecom improve network performance and user experience, the statement added.

SK Telecom in December 2018 had selected Ericsson as one of its primary 5G vendors for its commercial 5G rollout.

Previously, the vendor has provided radio access network (RAN) products, including mid-band Massive MIMO to the service operator.

“By utilizing Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core network solution, which realizes simplified network operations, we will unleash the full potential of new 5G-enabled use cases with greater efficiency, ” Jung Chang-kwan, VP and Head of Infra Engineering Group, SK Telecom said.

“This deal, and the opportunity to work with SK Telecom’s Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI), has put us in the ideal position to further strengthen their 5G network. Delivering our Cloud Packet Core solution will positively impact SK Telecom’s network operations and will reinforce Ericsson’s position as a leader in 5G core, ” said Jan Karlsson, Senior VP and Head of Digital Services, Ericsson.



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