KT Collaborates with Alcatel-Lucent for 5G

KT-Collaborates-with-Alcatel-Lucent-for-5GSouth Korean telecommunications provider, KT has signed an MoU with Alcatel-Lucent to test technologies for the eventual introduction of 5G mobile networks and infrastructure.

The collaboration will initially focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) technology. At Mobile World Congress this year, Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated how its vRAN capability could help operators dynamically meet changing customer, market and environmental demands while enhancing network performance and lowering costs.

The scope of the agreement includes the development and testing of mobile ultra-broadband access, network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies for 5G network architectures and interfaces as well as the driving of interworking and 3GPP standardization activities.

This will allow KT to meet the massive connectivity demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) – delivering a personalized experience as more people, devices and machines are connected.

Amid the exploding demand today for data caused by smartphones and other mobile devices, and increasingly via technologies such as ‘the Internet of Things’ and machine-to-machine networks, 5G technology promises greater speeds, capacity and flexibility, enabling mobile operators to meet the data demand in a highly personalized way. It will also deliver a completely ‘untethered’ experience, enabling people and connected devices to access any information from anywhere and in any way they choose.

South Korea has a strong appetite for data and KT wants to leverage the flexibilities and efficiencies promised by 5G to offer subscribers a high-quality seamless mobile broadband experience, with new differentiated and personalized revenue-generating services.

DongMyun Lee, CTO and senior vice president, KT said, “KT recognizes Alcatel-Lucent as a global leader in vRAN and SDN. We are eager to use their vRAN and SDN technology to help us implement the 5G architecture that we have defined in our GiGatopia Vision.”

Chi Il Yoo, head, Alcatel-Lucent Korea said, “Alcatel-Lucent has a long-history of innovating to solve the world’s biggest communications challenges. We are fully aligned with KT’s vision and committed to help KT in its strategic network evolution. We see NFV technologies, such as vRAN as a vital step in this evolution and by working with KT we are further underlining our leadership in this area.”

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