SEOUL -- SK Telecom (SKT), a top mobile carrier in South Korea, has teamed up with Singapore's SingTel to simultaneously run a cloud game on their 5G-based mobile edge computing (MEC) platforms. In an effort to speed up the use of 5G services worldwide, SKT has played a leading role in establishing standards for borderless MEC platforms.
This year, SKT said it would implement a function that freely uploads and downloads 5G apps on 5G MEC hubs in partnership with Singtel Optus, a telecom company based in Australia, and Thailand's largest telecom operator Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS). "SK Telecom will become a game-changer that leads the global 5G MEC market," SKT's 5GX MEC head Lee Dong-ki said in a statement on March 16..
In 2020, SKT set up a cooperative system in Asia to share and co-develop 5G-based MEC technologies that enable cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of cellular networks. The cooperative system called "Global MEC TF" groups SKT, SingTel, Taiwan Mobile, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) and PCCW Global in Hong Kong, all from the Bridge Alliance.
The Bridge Alliance is a business alliance of major mobile telecom companies in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. It was built on seamless service connectivity and a suite of integrated value-added services for all alliance members' subscribers while roaming on each other's networks.
SKT has showcased 5G MEC, which is designed to be implemented at cellular base stations or other edge nodes and enables flexible and rapid deployment of new applications and services for clients. By running applications and performing related processing tasks closer to the cellular customer, network congestion is reduced and applications perform better.
In December 2019, SKT joined hands with AWS (Amazon Web Services), a subsidiary of Amazon, to push for a joint project related to 5G-based MEC. SKT aims to introduce customized MEC services by establishing 5G MEC infrastructure inside target companies.
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