SK Telecom, Bridge Alliance rev up 5G, mobile edge computing

SK Telecom has launched the Global MEC Task Force with Bridge Alliance member operators — including Singtel, Globe, Taiwan Mobile and PCCW Global — for cooperation in 5G mobile edge computing (MEC).

MEC is being highlighted as a key technology that can improve the performance of ultra-low latency services such as cloud gaming, smart factory and autonomous driving by creating a shortcut for mobile data communications.

The South Korean telco will share its lessons-learned in 5G and MEC areas with other members that are preparing to launch 5G, while making joint efforts for the development of MEC technologies and services. The company will also play a leading role in setting international MEC standards to build an interoperable MEC platform.

Through the task force, SK Telecom expects to lead the expansion of the 5G MEC ecosystem to the Asian countries, and develop valuable overseas market opportunities for its 5G technologies and services including MEC.  

As the first chair of the task force, SK Telecom hosted the first MEC workshop with Bridge Alliance last January 13-15 at its headquarters in Seoul, Korea. The workshop identified potential regional MEC-based use cases, and discuss business models and commercialisation plans.  

SK Telecom introduced its 5G strategies, 5G MEC-based use cases including smart factory, and 5G clusters including “LoL Park.”

“SK Telecom will work closely with Bridge Alliance Member Operators to help accelerate their progress in 5G and MEC, and create a pan-Asian 5G MEC ecosystem,” said Lee Kang-won, VP and head of Cloud Labs at SK Telecom.