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Intel and SK Telecom Join Forces to Deliver on 5G’s Promise

sdxarticleMatt Kapko, of SDxCentral, published an article Thursday showcasing how vendors are accelerating the promise of 5G and highlighted stand-alone (SA) core results achieved in a partnership of Intel and SK Telecom. Kapko intervied Alex Quach, general manager of Wireline and Core Network Division at Intel. Kapko wrote: “Intel is seeing strong momentum and interest for the 5G SA core because it will be required to deliver on the promise of 5G and roll out new service, [Quach] added. ‘The leading service providers are going to be deploying their core networks this year, and then into 2021.’”

Quach expanded his comments in a blog post: “CommSPs are quickening the pace with which they are moving from 5G Non-Stand Alone (NSA) to 5G SA cores as part of overall infrastructure redesign. Across each company, executives are evaluating technologies to support a wide array of new enterprise and consumer services. Connectivity technology is an important part of Intel’s unmatched portfolio for 5G infrastructure because it greatly affects the data throughput and latency achieved in the SA core.”

Results of the combined research and development work between Intel and SK Telecom validated the performance of a 5G SA UPF capability based on 2nd generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters. Quach wrote: “SK Telecom was able to reduce the round-trip-time latency of the UPF system up to 78 percent and Jitter up to 88 percent depending on packet size. This translates into nearly jitter-free customer experiences while browsing, streaming video, playing games, and using many other kinds of services. So, SK Telecom has already begun developing the low-latency UPF with Samsung, expecting trial by this year, and expecting to be commercial-ready by next year.”

» Read the full article on SDxCentral’s website
» Read the full blog by Alex Quach on Intel’s Social Hub
» Read the joint Intel / SK Telecom white paper

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