SK Telecom, Samsung sign MOU for 5G, Internet of Things R&D

South Korean giants SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start joint research on 5G network technology and service development.

The companies will cooperate on a shared 5G vision with standardization groups and technology forums in and out of the country, define and select frequency bands suitable for the implementation of 5G technology, and conduct research and development. They also agreed to experiment on enabling technologies, including the next generation small cell, massive MIMO and next-generation modulation/demodulation, as well as developing large volume and high-quality services for 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

"The 5G communications system needs an ecosystem where operators and manufacturers cooperate in areas of related standards, devices, network equipment, new services and etc.," said Kyungwhoon Cheun, senior vice president and head of the communications research team of DMC R&D Center at Samsung Electronics, in a press release. "Through this opportunity of cooperation between the two companies, therefore, I believe Korea will continue to lead mobile communications network in 5G as it does in 4G." Read more