SK Telecom and Intel develop low-latency 6G Core tech

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SK Telecom (SKT) has collaborated with Intel to successfully develop technology that can significantly reduce communication delays in 6G Core networks.

The Core network acts as the gateway for all voice and data traffic from a user’s mobile device to access the internet. As networks become more complex with 5G and 6G, communication delays within the Core network have increased, making it difficult to provide the speed and reliability needed for advanced services like AI.

The new Inline Service Mesh technology, created by SKT and Intel – utilising Intel Xeon processors with built-in AI capabilities – can increase communication speeds within the Core network by reducing latency between components by up to 70 percent without the need for proxies.

“This will allow AI requiring large amounts of computation to be applied to the Core network in more areas,” said Yu Takki, VP and Head of Infra Tech at SKT.

SKT says it has already used similar concepts to cut wireless resource usage by 40 percent and improve connectivity for users by analysing real-time movement patterns.

By reducing delays, the two companies estimate the new technology can improve service efficiency by 33 percent for 6G Core networks. This will be vital to enable the high flexibility, safety, and intelligence required for 6G services.

The technology will be tested in commercial equipment by next year. SKT and Intel have collaborated for over a decade on developing key mobile communication technologies together.

“Our research with SK Telecom continues to deliver innovations deployed worldwide,” said Dan Rodriguez, Corporate VP at Intel. “By using the latest Intel Xeon processors, we drive performance and efficiency vital to future core networks.”

The two companies plan to continue working together to incorporate AI technology to further improve traffic processing in core networks. This will help to ensure SKT maintains leadership in 6G networked services.

A technical whitepaper has been published by the partners that describes the new technology in detail.

(Image Credit: SK Telecom)

See also: Telefónica to deploy Helium hotspots for decentralised 5G network

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