SK Telecom gets close to the edge with global MEC task force

As operators’ remits expand beyond providing mobile connectivity to offering new value based on infrastructure, leading Korean operator announces mobile edge computing association

With mobile edge computing (MEC) now a crucial element in the evolution of use cases such as the internet of things, leading South Korean operator SK Telecom has unveiled the Global MEC Task Force, in cooperation with Singtel, Globe, Taiwan Mobile and PCCW Global.

With its fellow members of the Bridge Alliance, SK says it will share the lessons it has learned in 5G and MEC areas with other companies preparing to launch 5G offers, while making joint efforts to develop MEC technologies and services. The company says it also plays a role in setting international MEC standards to build an interoperable MEC platform.

As a result, SK Telecom expects to lead the expansion of the 5G MEC ecosystem to the Asian countries, and develop overseas market opportunities for its 5G technologies and services including MEC.

As the first chair of the task force, SK is hosting the first MEC workshop with the Bridge Alliance at its Seoul headquarters. The workshop will aim to identify potential regional MEC-based use cases, and discuss business models and commercialisation plans. It will then introduce its 5G strategies, 5G MEC-based use cases including smart factories, and 5G clusters including Seoul’s LoL Park stadium.

“As the global 5G pioneer, SK Telecom is committed to contribute to the expansion of the global 5G ecosystem,” said Lee Kang-Won, SK Telecom vice-president and head of cloud labs. “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.”

Ong Geok Chwee, CEO of the Bridge Alliance, added: “As the role of telecommunications companies is expanding beyond simply providing mobile connectivity to offering new values based on infrastructure, Bridge Alliance believes that this cooperation will serve as a key driver for realising win-win business opportunities to all members.”

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